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

  • Fabric-maker Taiwan Paiho is to build a US$50m plant in Vietnam to produce jacquard fabrics for shoes. The plant, which is scheduled to start operation in the fourth quarter of next year, will be fitted with 42 machines. This is expected to increase to 350 within five years. A capacity target was not disclosed. VIETNAM INVESTOR REVIEW
  • Uzbekistan is to invest more than US$2.2bn into the country's textile industry development. The funding is being provided within the framework of the government's Programme for Textile Industry Development 2017-2019, and will see investment in ready made export-oriented textile products with high added cost with the aim of enhancing the processing of cotton and silk. UZBEKISTAN TELEGRAPH AGENCY
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the importance of exploring more international markets for Bangladeshi products instead of "running after GSP" and depending on a small number of markets. She said the government was providing 2%-20% cash incentives for export and a fund of US$2bn to support the ready-made garment and plastic goods sectors. THE DAILY OBSERVER
  • India's Gujarat government is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) for the development of a mega textile park in Surat. The agreement is expected to be inked during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The park will accommodate around 100 textile processing units, 40 water jet weaving units, around 225 garment units and other textile ancillary units. TIMES OF INDIA

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