This was in the news on-line, today, 25 april 2012

CHINA
* China demands more transparency from charity foundations:
China’s government put a draft regulation asking charities to regularly
publish financial reports and tighten internal management up for public
review on Tuesday.

The document, drafted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, requires
charity foundations to regularly publish detailed reports on donations
and expenditure after a charity project starts.

more at:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-04/24/c_123031447.htm

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PHILIPPINES
* More Filipino maids come to Qatar despite strict hiring process:
There is increasing demand for Filipina maids in Qatar despite the talk
of Manila thinking of imposing a ban on sending domestic workers to GCC
countries.

Some 4,000 maids have been recruited from the Philippines since the
onset of the current year taking their total number to 40,000 from an
estimated 36,000 at the end of 2011, according to the Philippine
Overseas Labor Office (POLO) here.

more at:
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/qatar/191827-more-filipino-maids-come-to-qatar-despite-strict-hiring-process.html

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* ECOP Calls For Labor Reforms To Boost Competitiveness & Productivity:
Employers Tuesday passed five-point resolution calling for reforms in
the labor market to improve competitiveness, productivity and sustain
the country’s economic growth.

more at:
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/357899/ecop-calls-for-labor-reforms-to-boost-competitiveness-productivity

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VIET NAM
* Viet Nam State-owned enterprises: a perspective
An analysis of the problems haunting State-owned enterprises (SOEs)
should seek to examine three questions, especially with private firms
as a benchmark: To whom do SOEs belong? By whom are SOEs led and run?
Whom do SOEs serve? Dr. Le Vinh Trien (*) reports.

more at:
http://businesstimes.com.vn/state-owned-enterprises-a-perspective/

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* Textile sector stitched into corner:
The textile and garment sector needs to remove roadblocks to boost
efficiency.
The local textile-garment sector currently faces a serious imbalance in
production with 400,000 tonnes of raw cotton needed per year, whereas
it can only source 3,000 tonnes from local sources, tantamount to 0.75
per cent of the total.
In respect to synthetic fibre, the demand for production is around
400,000 tonnes against actual supply capacity of 120,000 tonnes or 30
per cent of the total.

more at:
http://businesstimes.com.vn/textile-sector-stitched-into-corner/

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THAILAND
* Millions in line for debt relief:
Millions of borrowers are set to benefit from the government’s latest
populist policy, as the cabinet yesterday approved a moratorium for
payments on small debts to state banks.

The 45 billion baht debt suspension would apply to more than 3.75
million small borrowers from four state banks, Deputy Prime Minister
and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said.

more at:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/290295/millions-in-line-for-debt-relief

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* Small companies weather the storm:
Thai companies have been caught off guard a number of times in recent
months.
First, there were the floods.
Now, power prices are on the rise.
And soon, the 300-baht minimum wage will become the law of the land.

more at:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/290317/small-companies-weather-the-storm

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CAMBODIA
* Trade union drops plans for annual May Day march:
Free Trade Union of Workers president Chea Mony says he’ll send a
letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen to mark May Day this year instead of
arranging the customary parade.

Chea Mony told The Cambodia Herald that he would ask the government to
set up a labor court and seek increased salaries for workers. He said
he would also ask the government to track down the killer of his
brother Chea Vichea, the former head of the union who was gunned down
in 2004.

more at:
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=MmUwNmJmZWUwZDMwOTYwZTBlODNjYTNjOTdkZjJj

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* GMAC accuses garment groups of mafia tactics:
Violent workers’ strikes spearheaded by “mafia-style” trade unions are
threatening the future of the Kingdom’s garment industry, the Garment
Manufacturers Association in Cambodia said yesterday.

Speaking at a meeting at Phnom Penh’s Chamber of Commerce yesterday,
GMAC president Van Sou Ieng said it was time the government cracked
down on illegal union-led strikes that could deter foreign investors.

“There is a mafia style of action being taken by the unions,” he said.
“Only the government can inhibit this behaviour, [so] we’re writing a
letter to [Prime Minister Hun Sen].”

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012042555766/National-news/unions-gone-gangster.html

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* SH factory strikes show no sign of tapering off:
SH factory bosses in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district stood firm for
a fifth day yesterday as they again refused to negotiate with more than
700 workers demanding better working conditions.

As workers maintained their low-key strike – one notable for its lack
of banners, road blocks and flaming tyres – SH administration chief Un
Sophoeun said the factory’s boss had again refused to consider their
nine demands.

These include the sacking of two administration officials and two
sewing line leaders.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012042555756/National-news/factory-face-off-shows-no-sign-of-tapering-off.html

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* Cambodia’s trade imbalance a concern:
Cambodia’s total trade climbed 19 per cent year-on-year in the first
quarter, according to the Ministry of Commerce, with a deficit driven
by the Kingdom’s reliance on key imports.

Total trade for the first three months of 2012 reached US$3.2 billion,
up from $2.7 billion a year ago.

Imports, however, comprised $1.8 billion, or 56 per cent, of the total,
as Cambodian markets continued to demand fuel, raw materials for the
all-important garments sector and construction materials.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012042555752/Business/trade-imbalance-a-concern.html

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* From BetterFactories in print editions:

1. Phnom Penh Post- SH protesters to keep striking.gif
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http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-24%20PP1.gif

2. Phnom Penh Post- Summons still pending in shooting.gif
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http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-24%20PP2.gif

3. Phnom Penh Post- Factory face-off shows no sign of tapering off.gif
at:
http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-25%20PP1.gif

4. Phnom Penh Post- Trade imbalance a concern.gif
at:
http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-25%20PP2.gif

5. Phnom Penh Post- Unions gone gangster.gif
at:
http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-25%20PP3.gif

6. The Cambodia Daily- actory owners urge gov’t to stop ‘Illegal’ union
strikes.gif
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http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-25%20Cam1.gif

7. The Cambodia Daily- Svay Rieng provincial court has judge for Bundith
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at:
http://www.betterfactories.org/content/documents/media/2012-04-25%20Cam2.gif

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MALAYSIA
* Malaysian headscarves brand enters Muslim clothing segment:
As a part of its diversification strategy, Malaysia-based Pearl Haya
Sdn Bhd, a firm that engages in production of Pearl Haya brand
headscarves, would now also engage in production of Muslim fashion
attire.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=110343

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INDONESIA
* Indonesian labor movement not yet influential: LIPI
The labour movement in Indonesia has not yet become an influential
power in the country`s political arena, even though a law has been made
to ensure its freedom, according to LIPI.

“Law Number2 of 2000 on worker/labour associations should have made
workers strong, but internal conflicts among unions have so far
weakened them,” Lukman Hakim, chief of LIPI, the Indonesian Institute
of Sciences, said here on Tuesday.

more at:
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/81592/indonesian-labor-movement-not-yet-influential-lipi

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* May Day to Draw 65,000 Demonstrators to Jakarta’s Streets:
Jakarta Police expect as many as 65,000 laborers and union members to
stage rallies and marches in the capital next Tuesday in celebration of
May Day, an international celebration of workers’ rights, a police
official said on Tuesday.

more at:
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/jakarta/may-day-to-draw-65000-demonstrators-to-jakartas-streets/513696

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MYANMAR/BURMA
* Burmese Workers at Risk from Thai Labor Deal:
“Human rights abuses faced daily by migrant workers include violent
attacks and killings by government security forces and private
individuals, extensive use of torture and ill-treatment in detention,
sexual abuse, widespread labor rights abuses, and pervasive extortion.”

more at:
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/2962

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* Myanmar garment sector to gain as EU lifts sanctions:
Myanmar’s garment industry is set for revival, including creation of
new jobs, as the European Union has announced lifting of the sanctions
that it imposed on Myanmar since late 1990s, owing to recent political
reforms carried out in Myanmar.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=110393

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BANGLA DESH
* Tariff body drafting deal for cotton import from India:
Bangladesh Tariff Commission is preparing a draft of an agreement for
signing with India seeking assurance of the neighbouring country for
supplying minimum 15 lakh bales of cotton every year even if India bans
cotton export, BTC officials said.
The draft agreement will be sent to commerce ministry for scrutiny
early next month when a delegation of Indian textile ministry is
scheduled to visit Dhaka in this regard from May 5, they said.

more at:
http://www.newagebd.com/detail.php?date=2012-04-24&nid=8144

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* Don’t stretch hartal, please: BGMEA
Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on
Monday urged the opposition not to extend the hartal for the sake of
the national economy, especially the RMG sector.

“BGMEA thinks, the continuous hartal is affecting the national economy.
At the same time, the export sector, especially the RMG industry, is
severely being affected,” the apparel exporters’ body said in a
statement issued Sunday.

more at:
http://www.theindependentbd.com/online-edition/106135-dont-stretch-hartal-please-bgmea.html

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* 4 jute godowns, over 100 houses gutted in fire:
Raw jute worth Tk 10 crore was gutted in a devastating fire at an
export oriented jute baling press at Saidpur in Nilphamari district on
Monday evening.

Fire brigade sources said the fire originated from an electric short
circuit at Bright Fibre Jute Baling Press at Tulshiram Road in the
municipality area at about 6.30pm, reports our correspondent.

Within a short time, the fire, which followed a huge explosion,
engulfed all the four godowns of the press packed with raw jute.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=231516

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INDIA
* Cotton blooms on overseas, mill offtake:
Increasing demand from exporters and mills pushed up cotton prices on
Monday in northern and western parts of the country. Moreover, slower
arrivals also supported the surge in prices.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/markets/commodities/article3345987.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

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* New textile policy looks to Gujarat for investments:
In a move that seeks to showcase the attractiveness of Maharashtra as a
favoured business destination, a few state government representatives
plan to visit Ahmedabad and invite businessmen and textile
manufacturers to set up units here.

Textile minister Naseem Khan said he would be visiting Ahmedabad to
showcase the positive attributes of the new textile policy, which has
generated much interest among textile manufacturers.

more at:
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_new-textile-policy-looks-to-gujarat-for-investments_1679821

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SRI LANKA
* Strikes: Man-days lost increases 56%:
As the government moves to clamp down on unfair labour practices in the
country, the loss of man-days due to strikes in the private sector
increased by 56 percent in 2011, while the number of employees
resorting to trade union action increased by 116 percent, Central Bank
data showed.

more at:
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=50268

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PAKISTAN
* Bilawal house meeting: Zardari vows to end power woes of textile
mills:
After meeting a delegation of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association
(APTMA) at the Bilawal House here on Monday, President Asif Ali Zardari
directed the government to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to textile
mills from the first week of May.

Zardari said that textiles are an important export of the country, but
further research was needed to develop newer varieties of cotton. He
proposed a meeting between representatives of the textile ministry,
APTMA and the State Bank of Pakistan to discuss crop insurance.

more at:
http://tribune.com.pk/story/368963/bilawal-house-meeting-zardari-vows-to-end-power-woes-of-textile-mills/

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* Textile exports fail to reach desired levels due to war on terror:
Pakistani textile exports could have reach the level of $5,193 million
in 2010/11, if it had maintained the growth momentum of 2000-2005
period, thanks to an opportunity lost due to the war on terror that
accompanied economic recession, said experts on Friday.

more at:
http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=104091&Cat=3&dt=4/21/2012

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* Zardari asks new gas plan for textiles:
President Asif Ali Zardari has advised government to work out a plan to
ensure uninterrupted gas supply to industry in Punjab for five days a
week commencing from first week of May.

This he said during his meeting with APTMA delegation here at Bilawal
House on Monday when his attention was drawn to the issues being faced
by textile mills and other industry.
President said that textile industry was playing an important role in
the country’s exports and there was a need to select out of the box
solutions to address issues being faced by the industry and to enhance
value added exports of textiles.

more at:
http://paktribune.com/business/news/Zardari-asks-new-gas-plan-for-textiles-9755.html

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CHINA
* China demands more transparency from charity foundations

PHILIPPINES
* More Filipino maids come to Qatar despite strict hiring process
* ECOP Calls For Labor Reforms To Boost Competitiveness & Productivity

VIET NAM
* Viet Nam State-owned enterprises: a perspective
* Textile sector stitched into corner

THAILAND
* Millions in line for debt relief
* Small companies weather the storm

CAMBODIA
* Trade union drops plans for annual May Day march
* GMAC accuses garment groups of mafia tactics
* SH factory strikes show no sign of tapering off
* Cambodia’s trade imbalance a concern
* From BetterFactories in print editions:
1. Phnom Penh Post- SH protesters to keep striking
2. Phnom Penh Post- Summons still pending in shooting
3. Phnom Penh Post- Factory face-off shows no sign of tapering off
4. Phnom Penh Post- Trade imbalance a concern
5. Phnom Penh Post- Unions gone gangster
6. The Cambodia Daily- actory owners urge gov’t to stop ‘Illegal’
union strikes.
7. The Cambodia Daily- Svay Rieng provincial court has judge for
Bundith case

MALAYSIA
* Malaysian headscarves brand enters Muslim clothing segment

INDONESIA
* Indonesian labor movement not yet influential
* May Day to Draw 65,000 Demonstrators to Jakarta’s Streets

MYANMAR/BURMA
* Burmese Workers at Risk from Thai Labor Deal
* Myanmar garment sector to gain as EU lifts sanctions

BANGLA DESH
* Tariff body drafting deal for cotton import from India
* Don’t stretch hartal, please: BGMEA
* 4 jute godowns, over 100 houses gutted in fire

INDIA
* Cotton blooms on overseas, mill offtake
* New textile policy looks to Gujarat for investments

SRI LANKA
* Strikes: Man-days lost increases 56%

PAKISTAN
* Bilawal house meeting: Zardari vows to end power woes of textile
mills
* Textile exports fail to reach desired levels due to war on terror
* Zardari asks new gas plan for textiles

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