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Myanmar clothing exports on track to meet 10-year target

Myanmar is on track to meet its target of achieving textile exports worth US$10bn by 2024, according to the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers’ Association. The target was set as part of the country’s 10-year export strategy in 2014, reports the Myanmar Times.

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Apparel buyers urge Cambodian government to address key issues

Some of the biggest buyers in Cambodia’s clothing sector have urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to address issues faced by unions and workers.

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Additional US cotton imports from Indonesian trade mission

Cotton Council International (CCI), the export promotion arm of the National Cotton Council of America, has announced that Indonesian textile mills are set to purchase an additional 194,000 cotton bales worth more than US$65m, thanks to CCI’s 2019 Special Trade Mission (STM) from Indonesia to the US, sponsored by Foreign Market Development funding.

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Lindex launches water project for Myanmar clothing workers

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has launched a joint project in Myanmar to increase access to clean drinking water and sanitation in communities where textile workers live.

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Japanese aid for Philippine silk industry

The Japanese government has given PHP24m (US$475,000) towards a project to develop model sericulture farmers aimed at increasing the production of cocoons and high-quality raw silk in the Philippines.

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New fabric factory to reduce reliance on Vietnam's imports

Viet Tien Garment has partnered up with Luen Thai and Newtech to establish the Viet Thai Tech fabric factory, which is expected to supply fabric for the textile and clothing industry.

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Philippine roadmap sees potential 45% increase in exports

The Philippines has launched a textile and clothing industry roadmap that places it as one of the top-ten global players if it achieves a targeted annual export increase of 45%.

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Japan’s Nippon Koei eyes Cambodian silk industry

Japanese company Nippon Koei is reported to have expressed interest in the Cambodian silk industry.

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Indonesian workers win large sum in illegally denied severance case

The parent company of an Indonesian supplier to US sportswear brand Nike has awarded US$4.5m in back pay to around 2,000 former clothing workers who lost their jobs after the factory closed in October 2018.

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Laos Ministry and ILO target improved clothing worker safety

The Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and International Labour Organization met in Vientiane last month to review occupational health and safety aiming to protect workers’ well-being.

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