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  • Korea’s Sae-A now employs 10,000 in Haiti

    Sae-A, the Korea-headquartered global rival to China’s Dishang Group as the world’s largest independent apparel exporter, revealed in a press release about its philanthropy that it now has 10,000 employees in Haiti, where it first opened in 2012.

  • Burma best-performing major 2016 supplier: Cambodia, India, Philippines and Morocco do worst

    Burma showed the strongest growth among apparel suppliers to developed countries in 2016, as the total volume shipped worldwide fell for the first time in five years .

  • Burmese garment factories attack Dutch report on child labour. Inconsistently

    Burmese factories were reported in the Thai press on March 13 to be claiming their industry “did not accept the use of child labour”, which had been alleged by Dutch activists a month earlier.

  • Jilted TPP partners (plus a few) share new hopes

    Before a March 14-15 meeting in Chile planned to review next steps after US withdrawal from the TPP, other negotiating partners – plus China, Korea and Colombia – shared views on future possibilities.

  • Burmese manufacturers’ association stresses growth in garment employment opportunities

    “Previously, there were only 300 garment factories in Myanmar. Now, there are over 400 garment factories in Myanmar thanks to the lifting of economic sanctions,” said Khin Maung Aye, chair of the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA) on March 8.

  • Better Factories Cambodia releases 2015 “Baseline research”

    Better Factories Cambodia released a report on February 22 summarising research carried out during 2015 among 50 managers and 1,500 workers in 73 Cambodian apparel factories.

  • Fast Retailing publishes “core supplier list” and Sustainability Report

    Fast Retailing published its “core supplier list” on February 28. The list includes 146 suppliers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but no indication of how the company defines “core”, or what kind of supplier relations have not been disclosed.

  • Rangoon H&M supplier “temporarily” closed

    Burmese media reported on February 28 that around 500 workers at the  H&M-supplying, Chinese owned,  Hundred Tex garment factory in the Shwe Lin Ban industrial zone, Yangon, had been locked out after the factory was “temporarily closed to carry out repairs on equipment and furniture” damaged in a worker riot.

  • Seventeenth round of RCEP talks starts as China tries promoting alternative to TPP

    The seventeenth round of talks between the sixteen countries currently interested in developing the Pacific-based Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) began in Kobe, Japan on February 27.

  • Myanmar sets up new minimum wage committee

    The government in Myanmar has set up a new committee on minimum wages, local media reported  on February 23.

  • UK imports from China and near-shore boom after Brexit referendum

    Calculated in square metres of fabric, UK total apparel imports in the last six months of 2016 (after the Brexit referendum and its subsequent sterling devaluation) fell just 0.3% over the same period in 2015.

  • Makalot policy on US policy split in $5bn-$10 bn 2017 capital investment programme

    Taiwan’s Makalot announced on February 9 a double-edged policy on the US in its 2017 “$5 bn – $10 bn” worldwide investment plans.

  • Burmese government presses for new textile complex in troubled Rakhine state

    The state-owned Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has recommended constructing garment factories in  Rakhine State, where the marginalised Muslim population is subject to severe persecution. A local politician, U Aung Than Tin, suggested an 1,800 acre area beside the highway from Rangoon to Sitwe township.

  • EU publishes most objectives for Indonesia trade talks

    The EU published most of it objectives for a potential trade deal with Indonesia on February 7.

  • US 2016 apparel imports fall in spite of year-end spurt. Price falls accelerated

    US apparel imports (in square metres) grew 3.4% in December 2016 over December 2015, though falls in the previous six months a 2016 annual fall of 1.1%.