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  • Apparel making jobs target in key Indian state “98% below target”

    The apparel making job creation target in India’s Maharashtra state (the area round Mumbai) seems to be 98% below its 2012 target, according to its 2016-17 Economic Survey.

  • Indians claim “New textile policy seeks special focus on handicraft”

    Indian media reported on  March 26 that its non-performing Textiles Policy, which has turned India’s apparel exports into some of the fastest-declining in the world, is being tweaked to “boost the growth of the handicraft sector.”

  • 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 .

  • EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights

    The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights.

  • 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.

  • Provincial authorities challenge Pakistan’s federal government Karachi Textile City closedown decision

    Authorities in Pakistan’s Sindh province announced on  March 3 they would challenge their federal government’s decision to abort the Pakistan Textile City project.

  • “Up to ten days for samples to leave airport” Bangladesh apparel buyers claim

    Although service at Dhaka’s international airport has improved a bit recently, it is still taking up to ten days for garment samples from abroad to arrive at offices or factories, said  Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu, vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, reporting on a March 1 forum between buyers and garment makers

  • “1,075 employed” after launch of India’s “3 million new jobs a year” textile package

    In the last eight months, just 1,075 garment and textile workers have been enrolled in India’s social security programmes. When India’s Rs 6,000 crore ($900 mn) textile package was announced in June 2016, Minsters expected ten million new jobs over the following three years to be created as a result.

  • 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.

  • Bangladesh requests duty-free access to US – again

    In a February 16 letter to the US ambassador in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman asked for duty-free access to the US for Bangladeshi RMG products made from cotton imported from the US.

  • 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.

  • UK devaluation starts hitting overseas apparel suppliers

    The dollar value of Chinese apparel exports to the UK fell 9.7% year on year in the six months after Britain’s June 23 referendum on EU membership, after increasing 2.8% in the previous six months

  • KiK pays compensation for 2012 Karachi fire

    German retailer KiK paid $5.15 mn in compensation to dependants of workers killed or injured in the 2012 factory fire at Ali Enterprises in Karachi.

  • India’s Textile Parks “have failed to meet their objectives”

    India’s programme of Textile Parks “has failed to meet its objectives”, a December study from consultants Wazir Associates now revealed in early February.

  • 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%.