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

  • Pakistan has resumed cotton imports from its top supplier India after suspending them for few days, government and industry officials have said. Last month Pakistan suspended imports, saying shipments failed to fulfil phyto-sanitary certification, threatening the $822m-a-year trade. ECONOMIC TIMES (INDIA)
  • The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) and Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (PRGMEA) to promote and expand cooperation between textile and apparel companies of the two countries. They will assist each other in small and medium size business development, provide technical advice, search for partners for trade and joint ventures, as well as render other services of interest for business entities of both parties. THE NATION
  • India's US$48bn target for textile and garment exports for 2016-17 may be "hard to achieve", mainly due to less demand in major markets like the US, EU and China, the Textile Ministry has said. The overall exports of textiles and garments from India during 2015-16 was $40bn, falling way short of the $47.5bn target. ECONOMIC TIMES (INDIA)
  • Walmart de Mexico is investing US$1.3bn and creating around 10,000 jobs through an expansion of its logistics and distribution network in Mexico, in what is perceived as a show of commitment to the country at a time of uncertainty after the election of Donald Trump. The investment is not expected to result in any jobs being moved from the US. REUTERS
  • Nigeria's government has unveiled measures aimed at tackling some of the industrial constraints in the country's textile sector. Part of the strategies being employed aim to stem the drift of textile companies leaving the country and stop smuggling and counterfeiting. It will also prioritise the patronage of made-in-Nigeria products. FINANCIAL WATCH
  • Around 50 garment workers were injured in Bangladesh's Gazipur district in Dhaka after a fire broke out on the first floor of the Bikon Knitwears factory at around 9am on Monday (12 December). The cause of the fire is understood to have been an electrical fault. BANGLADESH NEWS 24

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