Garment Factory Bosses Meet in Yangon to Discuss Boosting Standards
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Garment factory managers and other stakeholders met with their counterparts from other countries in the region last week for an exchange aimed at fostering best-practices in the much-maligned sector.
The roundtable event, led by Germany’s Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the development arm of the country’s government, was held in Yangon and attended by officials from trade bodies and the government.
International buyer were also represented at the event, which organisers said was aimed at starting a discussion on the industry in Myanmar and encouraging good practices such as building and fire safety and supporting female workers, who make up the majority of those employed in Myanmar’s garment factories.
Myanmar’s garment industry has suffered several blows to its reputation in recent years amid bouts of industrial disputes that have led to strikes and even attacks against factory managers.
And factories supplying some of the world’s most recognisable brands, including the clothing chain H&M, have been criticised for using child labour and a number of labour rights abuses.
At the same time, some have accepted assistance from international bodies to help push up standards.
Last week’s event included participants from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia and Pakistan.
“We welcome this regional exchange and appreciate the opportunity to learn from our regional colleagues,” U Myint Soe, Chairman of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association, told the roundtable.
Daw Khine Khine Nwe, the Association’s Secretary General, said Myanmar’s garment industry was “catching up” with those of other countries and that it was set to “grow more through social and environmental compliance in the supply chain.
Source From: Business Myanmar
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