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Can Myanmar's garment sector reach its full potential? 29 Aug 2018

After a United Nations (UN) report this week branded Myanmar’s refugee problem one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises, David Birnbaum looks at the knock-on impact for the country's garment export sector. He argues that while Myanmar is one of the few alternatives to China for high value-added, complex and difficult-to-make products, its poor reputation may prevent it from reaching its full potential.


Rohingya crisis and wage issues weigh on Myanmar 14 Aug 2018

Myanmar’s garment exports may be thriving, but the ongoing Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and rising wages are the latest shadows on the horizon.


Myanmar facing hurdles in garment industry growth 12 Jan 2018

A few years ago, optimistic observers believed that by 2020 the Myanmar garment industry would employ 1.5m people and generate US$10-12bn in exports. With this date now looming, such performance seems out of the question. Even attaining these figures in 2024, the new target date, seems overly ambitious. Jozef De Coster looks at some of the challenges facing the sector.


No US rush to Myanmar despite end to sanctions 18 Apr 2017

America may have scrapped its major sanctions against emerging outsourcing centre Myanmar, and brought back the southeast Asian country's GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) access to US markets, but the impact on the clothing trade has so far been underwhelming.


Experts urge faster pace to sustainable fashion factories 5 Jan 2017

As the global clothing and textile industry looks towards a 2017 where trade relations are unpredictable, fast fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) invited stakeholders to an event in Myanmar – attended by just-style – to look at how to maintain stability on the factory front by improving labour relations.

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Agreement reached after 72-day Myanmar garment worker strike 1 Nov 2018

An agreement has been reached between owners of the Fu Yuen Garment Factory in Yangon, Myanmar, following the sacking of 30 workers and protests involving 300 others.


Removing Myanmar trade benefit would leave 'thousands' jobless 30 Oct 2018

The European Union's proposed revoking of Myanmar's Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preference tariffs would leave "thousands of young men and women" jobless, according to SMART Myanmar.


Myanmar Textile Summit to focus on trade policies 23 Oct 2018

Governmental and international trading policies, sourcing practices and trends, supply chain innovation and industry strategy will all feature at this year’s Myanmar Textile Summit.


Dozens of garment workers injured in Myanmar protests 18 Oct 2018

Dozens of garment workers are understood to have been injured while protesting outside a factory in Yangon earlier this week.


Myanmar garment exports hit $2.2bn in H1 18 Oct 2018

Myanmar reaped earnings of US$2.2bn from garment exports during the first six months of its financial year, new figures show.


Myanmar companies law paves way for more transparency 3 Oct 2018

Business law experts in Myanmar have welcomed the liberalising impact of the country's new Companies Law, which is expected to increase transparency and improve corporate governance in the garment sector.


Myanmar takes new step towards decent work 21 Sep 2018

Myanmar has agreed its first Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), which will work to promote employment, protect labour rights, improve safety at work and strengthen social dialogue in the country.


Myanmar garment productivity project gains momentum 17 Sep 2018

A three-year project taking place in Myanmar's garment industry to enhance productivity and improve workplace health and safety is generating great interest, organisers have told just-style, and feeds into a wider goal of improving productivity by 25% over the next ten years.


Efforts to end violence against migrant workers in Myanmar 31 Aug 2018

The European Union (EU), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women are to work together to try to find ways to promote labour rights and end violence against migrant women in Myanmar, in workplaces including factories.


Myanmar makers confident despite sector slowdown 3 Aug 2018

Myanmar's garment industry is likely to achieve exports of US$3bn for 2018, despite huge ongoing social and environmental challenges and a slowdown in the growth of the sector.

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Myanmar minimum wage causes consternation 7 Jul 2015

Anger and frustration is brewing in Myanmar over plans announced last week to set the country’s first minimum wage at MMK3,600 (US$3.22) per day.