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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.

Myanmar garment exports surged 20% in 2015 22 Sep 2016

Myanmar garment industry exports soared by around 20% last year, while footwear exports also surged as the Southeast Asia country gained new sourcing partners and invested in high end manufacturing.

Lingering US sanctions dampen Myanmar apparel trade 5 Sep 2016

American orders of ‘Made in Myanmar’ garments are growing, although uncertainty on sanctions and a lack of preferential market access is hindering further expansion, according to experts.

Child labour challenges in Myanmar's garment sector 13 Jun 2016

Widespread poverty, low rates of secondary schooling, and lax labour law enforcement are being blamed for the presence of child labour in Myanmar's garment sector, with a new report suggesting the risk factors could increase as the manufacturing sector grows.

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Myanmar garment exports set to hit US$3bn in 2017 25 Oct 2017

Myanmar's garment exports could reach up to US$3bn this year, new estimates show, boosted by an increase in investment and orders, particularly from Europe.

Myanmar garment industry hits back at ActionAid report 11 Oct 2017

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association has hit back at a report from international NGO ActionAid alleging female workers in the country's garment industry are subject to discrimination.

EU overtakes Japan as Myanmar's largest apparel market 3 Oct 2017

The European Union (EU) has become the largest importer of garments manufactured in Myanmar, purchasing almost as much from the country in 2016 as the next two largest destinations combined, according to trade data.

Myanmar still mulling minimum wage hike 2 Oct 2017

?Myanmar is due to finish a review of its national minimum wage in the coming weeks, although with labour unions and factory operators proposing very different figures a delay could be on the cards.

Myanmar cotton demand expected to rise as mills reopen 29 Sep 2017

The demand for cotton in Myanmar is expected to rise and production likely to double thanks to the reopening of government textile mills this year, traders have said.

Myanmar garment factories trained in chemical management 30 Aug 2017

A chemical management training programme has launched in Myanmar for the country’s textile and garment industry as part of the SMART Myanmar initiative.

Myanmar garment workers seek minimum wage hike 24 Aug 2017

Thousands of workers in Myanmar have been taking part in marches calling for an increase in their pay, as discussions on setting the second minimum wage in the country are about to get underway.

Unions eye new garment wage fixing mechanism 23 Aug 2017

Unions say they must look beyond the minimum wage for the global garment industry and push for a new wage fixing mechanism that takes account of the way brands contract with suppliers and the prices they pay.

Driving ban intensifies Myanmar logistics hurdles 19 Apr 2017

Myanmar apparel makers have warned that a ban on moving lorries and trucks to seaport terminals through the busy streets of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon has placed a heavy logistical burden on the country's growing clothing sector.

H&M Myanmar supplier halts work amid staff conflict 2 Mar 2017

A Myanmar garment factory that supplies to Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has been forced to temporarily close after what is understood to have been an attack by around 500 protesting workers demanding overtime pay and better working conditions.

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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.