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

  • The Bangladesh Garments Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA) has launched a testing laboratory in a bid to improve the quality of garment accessories manufactured in the country. It has been built under the Integrated Support to Poverty and Inequality Reduction through Enterprise Development (INSPIRED) project funded by the European Union (EU) and the Ministry of Industry Bangladesh. BANGLA APPAREL
  • The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) recently held an emergency general body meeting at its office to discuss and formulate a strategy for restoring viability of the textile industry and press the case for uniform energy prices across the country. Aptma Punjab Chairman Syed Ali Ahsan said a huge disparity of Rs530 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) was about to render the textile industry uncompetitive in Punjab compared to mills located in other parts of the country. THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

  • Pakistan has asked Uzbekistan to explore joint ventures in the textile sector amid expectation that regional trade could provide opportunities to both economies. Pakisan's Ministry of Commerce has chalked out a comprehensive plan for trade promotion exclusively focused on Central Asia. The trade volume between the two countries was US$3.92m in 2015-16, which increased from $2.98m in 2014-15. THE NEWS (PAKISTAN)

  • Startup yoga clothing company Yoga Smoga has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, amid a dispute with its largest investor. The New York-based company was billed as a challenger in the premium yoga market and drew comparisons with yoga-clothing giant Lululemon Athletica. The filing follows an involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition submitted in November. Three creditors that claimed to be owed US$3.2m submitted the involuntary petition. WALL STREET JOURNAL

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