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Minimum wage rises squeeze Southeast Asia sourcing 25 Feb 2019

Changes in minimum wage rates are likely to be of significant concern to apparel brands and retailers sourcing from Southeast Asia in 2019, with pay in many countries continuing on an upward trajectory.


How can brands source responsibly from Myanmar? 13 Feb 2019

The ongoing human rights crisis in Myanmar has prompted the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to launch a four-point guide aimed at helping brands and retailers to continue to source responsibly from the country.


Myanmar looks to Taiwan to help build vertical industry 29 Jan 2019

Myanmar is counting on investors from Taiwan to support the country with capacity building and technical assistance – including in textile and garment production – even as its beneficial trade access to the European Union (EU) is under review.


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.

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EU's Myanmar garment support fund pays out MMK1 billion 2 Jun 2020

Myanmar’s garment workers have received the first MMK1.04bn (US$753,512) in payments through the EU funded Myan Ku ‘Quick Assistance Fund’.


Brands commit to paying for orders under new Myanmar support scheme 18 May 2020

H&M, Inditex and Next are among the global brands that have backed an initiative to protect garment workers and factories in Myanmar from the economic impact linked to the coronavirus outbreak.


EU's Myanmar garment support fund makes first payments 4 May 2020

The first payments have been made to some of Myanmar's garment sector workers through the European Union's EUR5m (US$5.5m) 'Rapid Response' support fund.


EU launches Myanmar support fund for garment sector 9 Apr 2020

The European Commission has launched a 'Rapid Response' support fund for Myanmar's textile and garment sector in light of the Covid-19 crisis, with the aim of assisting around 70,000 workers.


Myanmar Covid-19 fund unlikely to cushion garment jobs 25 Mar 2020

The government of Myanmar has unveiled an initial US$70m stimulus package to cushion the blow of the coronavirus outbreak on the country's economy, but sources suggest it might not be enough to save "tens of thousands" of garment workers who are likely to find themselves out of a job in the near future.


Myanmar's garment SMEs feeling Covid-19 impact 16 Mar 2020

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar’s garment sector are feeling the impact of the coronavirus outbreak as a result of raw material shortages but concern over a fall in orders is now spreading across the sector as the US teeters on the brink of recession.


Myanmar factory closes on raw material shortage 4 Mar 2020

A garment factory in the Ayeyarwady region of Myanmar has closed due to a shortfall of raw materials from China, leaving over 1,000 employees out of work.


Coronavirus presents challenge for Myanmar’s garment sector 25 Feb 2020

The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is presenting a challenge for Myanmar’s garment sector, an industry body for the country has said, as its garment factories tackle supply issues, logistical challenges, and the possibility of factory closures.


More Myanmar factories complete chemical training 24 Jan 2020

Five more factories in Myanmar have completed a chemical management and detox programme developed by SMART Textile & Garments, a European Union-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices.


Second LEED Platinum-certified factory opens in Myanmar 22 Jan 2020

Guston Amava, a garment manufacturer in Myanmar, has opened its second LEED platinum-certified factory in the country and SMART Myanmar – a European Union funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices – says it hopes other factories in the nation will follow suit.

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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.