The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media.

  • South Korean outdoor apparel brand Black Yak has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the country's textile manufacturing giant Hyosung, to produce functional clothing such as T-shirts and innerwear, which will be made using odour-neutralising materials. Manufacturing will begin next year, with the initiative aimed of helping Black Yak expand its business. PULSE NEWS 
  • The Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) has urged the Indian government to provide the country's textile clusters with research and development centres, incubation centres and world-class design studios to help grow the sector. In a pre-budget memorandum submitted to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, TEA said the infrastructure facilities will facilitate rapid growth of not only the existing textile business, but also enable its foray into niche segments creating "quantum growth opportunities" to the industry. INDIA TODAY
  • The Indonesian government plans to streamline the raw materials import process for textiles and textile products in an effort to rejuvenate the labor-intensive industry, which has been struggling amid fierce global competition. Countries like Vietnam have no import tariff, while Indonesia's fees are 5-20%. Indonesia's apparel and clothing accessories exports declined by almost 4% to US$3.3bn last year from $3.42bn in 2014. THE JAKARTA POST
  • Mauritius and South Africa are to further collaborate on strengthening both friendly and bilateral ties, deepening their partnership in various economic spheres, including textile manufacturing. This was at the fore of recent discussions between the High Commissioner of South Africa to Mauritius, Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe, and Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis. ALL AFRICA

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