Today in the news on-line 23 March 2012

VIET NAM
Vietnam has potential to expand garment exports to France:
At a seminar to promote textile and garment exports to France and other
EU countries, held in Ho Chi Minh City last week, French experts
affirmed that Vietnam had vast potential and opportunity to expand
exports to France.
The EU market is ranked second after the US for Vietnam’s textile and
garment manufacturing industry, and export turnover to France was
US$202 million in 2011.
Ms. Alice Baey, global purchasing director of the Casino group, one of
the biggest European retailers with about 10,000 stores in nine
countries, said that textile and garment exports from China and
Bangladesh have occupied a large market share in EU countries and in
France.

more at BUSINESS IN BRIEF 23/3:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/20212/business-in-brief-23-3.html

Garment and textile exports to EU plunge:
The volume of Vietnam’s garment and textile exports to the European
Union (EU) market saw a year-on-year reduction of 30 percent during the
January to mid-March period, said the Vietnam Textile and Garment
Association (Vitas).

more at BUSINESS IN BRIEF 23/3:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/20212/business-in-brief-23-3.html

Businessmen flock to the countryside to set up workshops:
Instead of spending hundreds of billions of dong to buy land in big
cities and wait for the workers coming from small provinces.
Businessmen now tend to set up production bases in the countryside to
save money.(..)
Maxport, a big garment company headquartered at No 88 Ha Dinh Street in
Thanh Xuan district of Hanoi, has also “followed” its workers to go to
Thai Binh province. A representative of the company said that the
company can cut down expenses to run the two factories with thousands
of workers since the day it relocated to Thai Binh province.

more at:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/20205/businessmen-flock-to-the-countryside-to-set-up-workshops.html

MALAYASIA
Minimum Wage Policy To Have Relatively Marginal Effect On Economy:
The minimum wage policy will have a relatively marginal effect on the
economy in the long term, says Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) assistant
governor Dr Sukhdave Singh.
Sukhdave said it would not only be good for the economy and ensure
Malaysia achieve its high-income nation goal but would also increase
labour productivity.
“If your competitiveness is based on providing wages that are very low
then that’s the wrong economic structure.
“If our agenda is determined by the low value-added industries paying
low wages, we will not achieve the objective of high-income nation
goal,” he said at the question-and-answer session at the Seminar on BNM
Governor’s Address on The Malaysian Economy & Panel Discussion here
Thursday.
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsbusiness.php?id=654272

MYANMAR
Thai, Burmese business leaders to talk deals:
Representatives from 16 Thai companies will arrive in Burma on Thursday
to meet with about 100 Burmese business persons.(..)
Mizzima reported on Monday that some of Thailand’s top garment
companies will move their operations to Burma in the coming year.

more at:
http://www.mizzima.com/business/6816-thai-burmese-business-leaders-to-talk-deals.html

BANGLA DESH
Cotton importers look for alternative markets:
Bangladesh scopes out alternative cotton markets as India, one of its
major sources, has imposed a ban on export of the item, which is
hurting the domestic spinning sub-sector, businesspeople said.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=227337

Fire safety inspection program for Bangladeshi RMG sector:
PVH Corp. announced that it has entered into a Joint Memorandum of
Understanding with a group of non-governmental organizations consisting
of Clean Clothes Campaign, Worker Rights Consortium, The International
Labor Rights Forum, and Maquila Solidarity Network, as well as a group
of eight international and Bangladeshi trade unions, regarding fire and
building safety in Bangladesh’s apparel factories.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109245

12hr Power Cut a Day-
Industries pushed into big trouble:
The government decision to discontinue power supply to industries for
12 hours a day has irked industry owners, with many saying their
businesses will fold if the situation persists. On Tuesday, the Power
Development Board sent a request letter to industries, asking them to
keep their operations suspended from 6:00am to 6:00pm so that more
electricity could be diverted for irrigation.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=227414

INDIA
India lifts curbs on Assam Comilla cotton exports:
The government of India has removed restrictions on export of the
Assam Comilla variety of cotton [HS Code 52010012] up to a limit of
5,000 bales (1 bale = 170 kg) till September 30, 2012.
This was announced by the government today; vide a notification issued
by the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).
Earlier, during the previous cotton season 2010-11 too, DGFT had
exempted export of Assam Comilla Cotton up to a limit of 5,000 bales
from the cap on export of cotton.
However, such export would require to be registered with DGFT in the
current cotton season also. Secondly, exports against registration
certificates would need to be completed within a period of 30 days.
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109286
&
http://164.100.9.245:80/exim/2000/NOT/NOT11/not10810.htm

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more at:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/CorporateNews/How-can-a-manager-become-a-leader/Article1-828931.aspx

SIMA chief hails Vision Tamilnadu 2023:
Mr. S. Dinakaran, Chairman, The Southern India Mills’ Association
(SIMA) has haled the Vision Tamilnadu 2023 released by the Hon’ble
Chief Minister of Tamilnadu which sets a target of 11% GSDP and make an
investment of Rs.15 lakh crore for infrastructure and other development
activities by 2023.
He has stated that Tamilnadu textile industry being the backbone of the
State’s economy accounting for 1/3rd of the textile business of the
Nation, providing direct employment to over 50 lakh people, would be
the major beneficiary out of the various schemes announced in the
Vision Tamilnadu 2023. SIMA chief has stated that Coimbatore, Salem,
Madurai, Tirupur were already notable cities for textile business in
the global map and Coimbatore is the hub of the textile business.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109268

SRI LANKA
Foreign Direct Investments doubled in 2011:
Despite negative predictions made by “Doomsday Pundits” in the
Opposition saying that the economy will collapse and several thousands
in the private sector will face retrenchment, Sri Lanka’s direct
foreign investments doubled last year and employment in the apparel
sector alone increased by 24,826.

more at:
http://www.news.lk/news/sri-lanka/1777-foreign-direct-investments-doubled-in-2011

Falling rupee may not help Sri Lankan garment exporters:
Any depreciation in the Sri Lankan currency would not be of much help to
the country’s garment exporters, as it would …

more at/via:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109267

PAKISTAN
Pakistan garment sector to lose some export orders:
Several adversities like energy crisis, withdrawal of incentives and
non-release of refund claims has already caused the Pakistani garment
industry to lose around US$ 800 million worth of export orders during
the current fiscal year which began on July 1, 2011.

The country’s garment sector is further likely to lose another 25
percent of its export orders during the remaining period of the current
fiscal, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters
Association (PRGMEA) Chairman, Shehzad Salim, said during a Gender
Promotion through Skills Development in the Clothing/Garment Sector
(GENPROM) event held to award certificates to master trainers.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109289

CAMBODIA
Strikers fed up with delays:
Striking workers planned to set tyres aflame today outside a garment
factory that supplies JC Penney in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district,
union officials said yesterday on the sixth day of the strike at Hong
Kong-owned Win Shing-tex Cambodia Co Ltd.

Ath Thorn, head of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, said unionists
had been trying to negotiate a collective agreement with the company
for almost a year, but management had sent only low-level
administrative officials to the talks.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032355209/National-news/strikers-fed-up-with-delays.html

The great land giveaway:
More than 2 million of the Kingdom’s nearly 18 million hectares of land
– roughly 12 per cent – was given out to 225 private companies in
economic concessions last year, according to an annual report released
by rights group Adhoc yesterday.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012032355211/National-news/the-great-land-giveaway.html

map of Asia

VIET NAM
Vietnam has potential to expand garment exports to France
& Garment and textile exports to EU plunge
& Businessmen flock to the countryside to set up workshops

MALAYASIA
Minimum Wage Policy To Have Relatively Marginal Effect On
Economy

MYANMAR
Thai, Burmese business leaders to talk deals

BANGLA DESH
Cotton importers look for alternative markets
& Fire safety inspection program for Bangladeshi RMG sector
& 12hr Power Cut a Day-Industries pushed into big trouble

INDIA
India lifts curbs on Assam Comilla cotton exports
& How can a manager become a leader
& SIMA chief hails Vision Tamilnadu 2023

SRI LANKA
Foreign Direct Investments doubled in 2011
& Falling rupee may not help Sri Lankan garment exporters

PAKISTAN
Pakistan garment sector to lose some export orders

CAMBODIA
Strikers fed up with delays
& The great land giveaway

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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
    A. Searcher

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