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