Today in the news on-line 21 March 2012

VIET NAM
Salary absurdity:
The salary of a doctor, who is the head of a scientific research
department with over 20 years of experience, is equivalent to the
salary of a charwoman of a middle-class family and lower than the
salary of a taxi driver in Hanoi or HCM City.
The salary of a worker in a foreign-invested garment firm is enough to
feed the worker.

more at:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/special-report/20148/salary-absurdity.html

Garment exports to EU drop sharply:
Vietnam’s garment exports to the EU market have fallen by 25-35 percent
since the beginning of 2012, according to the Vietnam Textiles
Association.
This is primarily attributed to the EU debt crisis that has forced
consumers to tighten their belts.
EU importers are currently shifting their orders from Vietnam to
Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh to avoid paying the 10 percent import tax
as Vietnam is no longer enjoys the Most Favoured Nation tariff of zero
percent.
In addition, Vietnam’s small- and medium-sized enterprises still find
it difficult to meet the corporate social responsibility standards set
by EU importers.
To meet the set target this year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade
has warned garment businesses to take measures to reduce dependence on
outsourcing orders and focus on raising exports under the FOB (forward
operating base) and ODM (original design manufacture) models. It should
also increase the use of domestic materials and promote training to
develop a highly skilled workforce.
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/20155/business-in-brief-21-3.html

CAMBODIA
Unions take flyer on mass action:
The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions will hand out the first of more
than 60,000 pamphlets to factory workers today as it encourages them to
demand a significant wage increase and to strike if their plea is
ignored.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032155159/National-news/unions-take-flyer-on-mass-action.html

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BANGLA DESH
Garment exporters meet new CPA chairman:
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
yesterday met with the newly appointed chairman of the Chittagong Port
Authority (CPA), Rear Admiral Mohammed Nizam Uddin Ahmed, in a courtesy
meeting in the port city.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=227122

INDIA
Politics puts brakes on FDI in multi-brand retail: Sharma:
Referring to the withholding of the Cabinet decision on allowing 51 per
cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, Union
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday said the issue
had been dragged into partisan politics, something that undermines the
investor confidence.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/business/article3016833.ece
&
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article3016958.ece

Union Budget ignores textile sector expectations, NITMA:
The Northern India Textile Mills Association (NITMA) President, Mr. K K
Agarwal stated that the budget has not offered to the labour intensive
textile and clothing sector which is the largest net foreign exchange
earner in the manufacturing sector, contributing to around 17 per cent
of India’s exports and 14 per cent of industrial output and providing
direct and indirect employment to over 90 million people, primarily the
weaker sections of the society and women.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109166

Reduction in insecticide use due to Bt cotton farming:
Ministry of Agriculture informed that with the use of high quality
hybrid cotton seeds Indian farmers experienced the biggest gain in form
of reduced insecticide usage from 46% in 2001 to less than 26% after
2006 and 21% during the last two years 2009 and 2010.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109185

India-Kenya: Discussion on import tariff on MMF products:
Shri Anand Sharma, Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Textiles met
with the Trade Minister of Kenya Mr. Chirauli Mwakwere. Shri Sharma
during the meeting asked Kenya side about the investment opportunities
in India and that equity participation up to 100% through automatic
route is permitted in the textile sector.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109189

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka to support Namibian apparel industry:
Sri Lanka has expressed readiness to support Namibian apparel industry
by sharing technical know-how and other expertise so that Namibia can
benefit from the same.
During his meeting with Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce
Rishad Bathiudeen, Samuel K. Mbambo, the new High Commissioner of the
Republic of Namibia to Colombo, said Namibia is now looking forward to
develop its apparel industry, and would like to seek technical know-how
assistance from Sri Lanka, so as to reproduce the success achieved by
the latter. (..)
The Minister further stated that Sri Lankan apparel industry presently
caters to leading global brands like Victoria’s Secret, Diesel, Marks &
Spencer, SUZI Chin, H&M and House of Frazer.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109183

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VIET NAM
Salary absurdity
& Garment exports to EU drop sharply

CAMBODIA
Unions take flyer on mass action & +++

BANGLA DESH
Garment exporters meet new CPA chairman

INDIA
Politics puts brakes on FDI in multi-brand retail
& Union Budget iCAMBODIAgnores textile sector expectations, NITMA
& Reduction in insecticide use due to Bt cotton farming
& India-Kenya: Discussion on import tariff on MMF products

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka to support Namibian apparel industry

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I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
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