Today in the news on-line 9 March 2012

CAMBODIA
Shooting suspect a governor no more:
Triple-shooting suspect Chhouk Bandith has been sacked as Bavet town
governor to prevent him from interfering in court proceedings, the Svay
Rieng deputy provincial governor said yesterday.

The high-profile suspect is accused of shooting three garment factory
workers at a protest outside the Kaoway Sports Ltd shoe factory in Svay
Rieng’s Manhattan special economic zone last month.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030954953/National-news/shooting-suspect-a-governor-no-more.html

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Cambodia’s PM removes Bavet city governor for shooting allegation:
The Governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit, who is the only suspect of
shooting Cambodian garment workers in a mass protest on Feb. 20, was
removed from his position in order to make way for the court to look
into the case, Men Vibol, deputy governor of Svay Rieng province, said
Thursday.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen signed a letter on March 5 to remove him
(Chhouk Bundit) from the post in order to make way for the court to
investigate him in the case of shooting protesting garment workers,” he
told Xinhua by telephone.

more at:
http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8742:-cambodias-pm-removes-bavet-city-governor-for-shooting-allegation&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

Microinsurance programs target vulnerable Cambodian workers:
In Cambodia, rural women employed by the garment sector leave their
families each day and head to work in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Although the percentage of women who are employed is gradually
increasing, many of these women are left vulnerable because they are
not covered by labor legislation or social protection.

more at:
http://www.mediaglobal.org/2012/03/09/microinsurance-programs-target-vulnerable-cambodian-workers/

VIET NAM
Garment exports: the 19 billion dollar target may be unattainable:
Garment companies have voiced their worry that the target of 19 billion
dollars worth of export turnover in 2012 could be an “impossible
mission,” for many reasons.

Turnover up in 2011, but this was not a joy

State management agencies announced that the garment export turnover in
2011 reached 15.6 billion dollars, an increase of 40 percent in
comparison with 2010.
The achievement has been hailed as a big success of the industry in the
context of big difficulties.

more at:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/19712/garment-exports–the-19-billion-dollar-target-may-be-unattainable.html

Footwear sector aims to conquer local market:
The Vietnamese leather and footwear sector will strive to increase its
share of the domestic market to ease its dependence on export while
raising the rate of locally made raw materials to 50 percent.

At the same time, the sector is aiming for an export growth of 12
percent this year, with 7.3 billion USD from footwear and 1.5 billion
USD from handbags, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen
Nam Hai at the ministry’s meeting in Hanoi on Mar. 5 in Hanoi .

more at -in BUSINESS IN BRIEF 9/3-:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/19665/business-in-brief-9-3.html

Plastic, textile firms say green tax yet to make sense:
What constitutes an environmentally friendly plastic bag?
Will plastic bags imported to pack products for export be subjected to
recently announced taxes?
Will the government help offset the increase in costs that Vietnamese
firms would have to bear as a result?
Questions like these are swirling around as plastic and textile
companies complain about the recently imposed taxes on plastic bags,
and the lack of clear directions from authorities about how the taxes
will be applied.

more at:
http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20120302-plastic–textile-firms-say-green-tax-yet-to-make-sense.aspx

INDIA
Footwear design institute to offer post-graduate course:
Engineering graduates have a new option for post graduate study in
productivity and quality management in the footwear industry.
The newly-established Chennai campus of the Footwear Design &
Development Institute has announced the start of the two-year post
graduate course.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article2974509.ece

India’s ban on cotton export against trade norms: Bangladesh:
The Bangladeshi Commerce Ministry has said India’s ban on cotton
export was against global trade norms, and its repeatedly stopping
shipments of the natural fibre had impacted Bangladesh’s textiles
industry.
“India imposed a ban on the export of the main raw material leaving
aside trade rules and regulations. We think it (ban) is against the
norms of international trade,” Commerce Secretary, Mr M. Ghulam
Hossain, said at a press conference here yesterday.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2977171.ece
&
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/indias-ban-of-cotton-exports-against-trade-norms-bangladesh/articleshow/12195105.cms

BANGLA DESH
Bangladesh criticizes India’s ban on cotton export:
Bangladesh’s garment sector is likely to face difficulties following
shortage of cotton as India, the region’s largest producer of the item,
has imposed a ban on cotton export, which Bangladesh government termed
as “unfortunate”.
Bangladesh’s Commerce Secretary M Ghulam Hossain at a news conference
on Thursday said repeated restriction on export of cotton is posing a
threat to the garment sector of Bangladesh, which fetches 76 percent of
the total export earnings of the country.

more at:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2012-03/09/c_131456783.htm
&
http://www.newagebd.com/detail.php?date=2012-03-09&nid=3307

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Expo 2012 to attract world’s top brands:
Sri Lanka’s premier international trade fair “Sri Lanka Expo 2012”,
organized by the Export Development Board (EDB) will be held from March
28 to 31 at the BMICH in Colombo.
The owners of world famous brands such as Walmart, Global Sourcing,
ASDA, Arcadia, H&M, Victoria�s Secret, BHS, M&S Calzedonia S.p.A and
Lulu are expected to participate in the exhibition as buyers.

The organizers say that the objective of the fair is to attract overseas
buyers to Sri Lanka while instilling confidence in product and services.

more at:
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_12/Mar08_1331227320KA.php

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CAMBODIA
Shooting suspect a governor no more
Attached from BetterFactories:
1. Shooting suspect a governor no more
2. SEZ suspect removed as Bavet Governor
Cambodia’s PM removes Bavet city governor for shooting allegation
Microinsurance programs target vulnerable Cambodian workers

VIET NAM
Garment exports: the 19 billion dollar target may be unattainable
Footwear sector aims to conquer local market
Plastic, textile firms say green tax yet to make sense

INDIA
Footwear design institute to offer post-graduate course
India’s ban on cotton export against trade norms: Bangladesh

BANGLA DESH
Bangladesh criticizes India’s ban on cotton export

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka Expo 2012 to attract world’s top brands

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