in the news on-line, 11 July 2013

15:49:47 local time map of china CHINA

* Debate on China’s TPP role regains momentum:

Should China join the talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership? The old debate seems to have regained momentum.

In a May visit to Japan, United States Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez said the US would welcome China joining the TPP.
In response, China’s Ministry of Commerce said China will analyze the possibilities of joining the pact and assess the pros and cons based on research and the principles of equality and mutual benefit.
The ministry said China, which has attached importance to the TPP talks, has been soliciting the opinions of various government departments and industries on the trade pact.
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14:49:47 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

RoK firm builds textile factory in Ben Tre:

A company from the Republic of Korea has been licensed to build a garment and textiles factory in Giao Long industrial park, located in the southern province of Ben Tre.

The 50 million USD project, the largest of its kind in Ben Tre, is invested by Unisoll Vina Ltd., Co. under Hansoll Textile Ltd.
Covering an area of 25 hectares, the factory is expected to produce 90 million items per year, all of them for export.
The factory is scheduled to be completed in September 2014, generating over 11,000 jobs.
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* VN can’t take full advantage of preferential tariffs to boost exports to EU:

Vietnam is one of the countries which can enjoy the new EU’s GSP (generalized system of preferences) to be applied as of January 1, 2014. However, analysts say Vietnam may not take full advantage of the preferential tariff to boost exports to the large market.

Many preferences offered
Under the new GSP, 89 countries, including Vietnam, would be able to enjoy the new preferential system, or the low tariffs, instead of the 176 countries currently.
In ASEAN, Malaysia would not enjoy the new GSP because of the country’s high average income. From 2014, fishes, vegetables, coffee, tea and cereals from China, the products made of fish and meat, processed food and drinks from Thailand, or some products made of oil from Indonesia would no longer enjoy the preferential tariffs when entering the EU market.

Vietnam, besides the products which currently enjoy the low tariffs, would see two more categories of products enjoy the preferential tariffs from January 1, 2014 – footwear and hats, umbrellas.
Until 2009, Vietnam[s footwear exports to the EU had enjoyed the GSP, but the preferences have been later removed because of the sharp exports increases.
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14:49:47 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

 * Stitching up an election:

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Garment workers sew sweatshirts and check for defects at a factory in Phnom Penh last month. PHA LINA

In March, just months out from the national election, Prime Minister Hun Sen put an end to minimum wage negotiations between unions and factories by intervening to deliver workers an extra $14 per month – $2 more than the government had been poised to offer.

Negotiations on pay hikes weren’t due until 2014 – but an election was around the corner.
Not to be outdone, the CNRP synchronised its policies with what independent and opposition-aligned unions wanted, promising $150 per month if victorious on July 28.
These events indicate, in no uncertain terms, the importance both parties place on the garment vote.
Analysts, labour groups and unions say the industry’s 400,000-plus garment workers – many of them young women – are becoming more politically aware.
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* Managers Taught How to Spot Underage Labor:

Staff at eight factories producing footwear for Japanese sportswear brand ASICS were trained Tuesday in how to make sure they are not employing child laborers, a company representative said.

ASICS corporate staff have been in Cambodia this week in a bid to overcome the negative publicity generated when a ceiling at Wing Star Shoes, an ASICS-producing factory in Kompong Speu province, collapsed in May, killing two workers and injuring 11 others.
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* Korea trade nears $1 billion:

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Workers prepare clothing for export at a garment factory in Phnom Penh last month. A new loan from South Korea may encourage Cambodia to diversify its exports. PHA LINA

Bilateral trade between Cambodia and South Korea nearly reached the $1 billion dollar realm in 2012, a hike of nearly 100 per cent from the year before, senior officials said yesterday.

The figure was announced after Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and South Korea’s ambassador to Cambodia Kim Han-soo signed an agreement for a new $200 million loan from South Korea to support infrastructure projects.
According to official data from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, total bilateral trade between the two countries stood at nearly $540 million in 2011.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Koung said that Cambodia imported from Korea more than $900 million in 2012, while Cambodia exported upwards of $70 million.
In the past, the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia has urged the country to diversify its exports to Korea.
The products traditionally sold to South Korea have included rubber, cotton, seafood and some garment wear.
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13:49:47 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* Garments worker protest at factory closure in Gazipur:

Garments workers of Aftab Group on Wednesday staged protests in Gazipur demanding payment of their arrears, reopening of the factory and stoppage of torture on the  labours.

The workers went on protests in the morning when they came to join the work and found a notice hung on the gate of Aftab Garment factory Vannara under Kaliakair upazila declaring the factory closed for an indefinite
period.
The management declared the closure of the factory as the workers beat up factory general manager Fakruddin on Tuesday in protest against termination of 28 workers.
Gazipur industrial police inspector Sayed Manna Ali and Mouchak police outpost sub-inspector Azharul Islam said that the workers came to join the work on Wednesday morning.
The workers became agitated seeking the notice on the gate and the management refused to pay their arrears, the police officials said, adding that the management were scheduled for Wednesday to pay the arrears.
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* Workers protest in CEPZ for salary arrears:

Thousands of workers of Excel Sure Shoes in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) staged protest demonstration on Wednesday demanding their due salaries and allowance.

Port Thana Officer-in-Charge Jahidul Islam told banglanews, “On April 6, the shoe factory was gutted in a fire and has remained stopped till date.”
Around 2,500 thousands workers have been staging the agitation programme in front of the factory building on No. 3 road of CEPZ since 11:30am ahead of the holy month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr.
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* Worker killed on way to rally:

A readymade garment worker was shot dead in the capital’s Merul on Tuesday when he went to call up workers of another factory for a rally.

Badda Police Station Officer in-Charge Iqbal Hossain said Mohammad Sohagh, 22, was a worker of Riviera Resources Ltd in east Rampura.
Ramna Police Station OC Mashiur Rahman said a garment workers’ group sought leave from several factories to attend a rally in Badda’s Aftabnagar in Dhaka. On being denied the leave, the workers blocked a road in Rampura-Malibagh for about an hour.
Workers of Riviera Resources and Fashion Island were allowed the leave at around 3:00pm. They then went to call up workers of Tuba Group factory in Merul Badda’s Nimtoli.
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* 22 held for RMG worker killing at Badda:

Police in an overnight raid till yesterday morning rounded up 22 local miscreants for their alleged involvement in the killing of a garment worker at the capital’s Merul Badda.

Mohammad Sohag, 22, a worker of Riviera Resources Ltd at Purba Rampura, was shot dead on Tuesday while he and his colleagues were demonstrating for a pay hike and other facilities.
Police said a group of local miscreants presuming the workers to be their rivals opened fire on them, leaving Sohag critically injured. He died seven hours later in Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Two gangs–Joynal group led by Joynal and Chanchal-Apollo group led by Apollo–were chasing each other on the spot over grabbing a piece of land in East Merul about one hour before the shooting, said Iqbal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station.
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* Cases to be withdrawn for GSP:

The government has decided to withdraw the cases filed against two leaders of garment workers to get back Generalized System of Preference (GSP) status in US markets.

Home Ministry will send a notice to the responsible district magistrate as soon as possible. A source in home ministry confirmed the matter to banglanews.
RMG workers’ leaders Babul Akhter and Kalpana Akhter, the duo were facing charges of perusing unrest among the RMG workers.
Nine cases had been filed against Babul and seven against his wife Kalpana.
The cases were filed with Ashulia, Tejgaon, Gulshan Thana on charges of baring government actions, arson and vandalisms.
Kalpana Akhter served as president of Ad hoc committee of Garments workers’ organizations. Babul Akhter founded ‘Bangladesh Centre for Labor solidarity’.
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* US ‘will consider GSP revival for Bangladesh’:

The United States will ‘actively consider’ revival of the Bangladesh’s GSP privilege suspended last month, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader has said.

He said he had received such ‘assurance’ during his meeting with the US embassy’s Chargé d’affaires Jon Danilowicz at his office on Wednesday.
“But it will take time,” he told waiting journalists after the meeting.
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* US think-tank urges Obama admn to repeal sanctions on BD exports:

An influential think-tank in the United States (US) has called upon the Obama administration to immediately repeal the recently imposed trade sanctions on Bangladesh exports.

Urging for reinstatement of GSP (generalised system of preferences) facilities for Bangladesh, it has also appealed to the US government to allow duty-free and quota free access for ready-made garment (RMG) products of the country to help its workers.
Criticising the suspension of GSP facilities the Washington DC-based Heritage Foundation (HF) said on its website Tuesday: “The President (Obama)’s move to punish Bangladesh by imposing trade sanctions is misplaced.”
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* Walmart/Gap Bangladesh safety plan: pale imitation of Accord:

IndustriALL and UNI, reacting to the announcement by Walmart and Gap today of another toothless corporate auditing programme for Bangladesh factory safety, stated that these companies are only repeating the mistakes of the past.

IndustriALL and UNI, reacting to the announcement by Walmart and Gap today of another toothless corporate auditing programme for Bangladesh factory safety, stated that these companies are only repeating the mistakes of the past.

The Walmart/Gap initiative falls short of the standard set by the binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The Accord is an enforceable building safety programme backed by more than seventy global brands from 15 countries. Unlike the Accord, the Walmart/Gap initiative is unclear on enforceability and there is no commitment from the brands to stay in Bangladesh, nor is there full transparency.
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* Safety scheme GAP and Walmart only ’empty promises’:

Walmart and Gap – joined by many, but not all, US brands and retailers – have refused to sign the binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Instead, they offer a program that mimics the Accord rhetorically, but that omits the features that make an agreement meaningful. We explain why this scheme falls far short.

Walmart and Gap, two corporations who have failed to prevent numerous worker deaths in Bangladesh, today announced a corporate-run factory auditing scheme, another in the long series of ineffective corporate auditing programs that these companies have touted for years.
Walmart and Gap – joined by many, but not all, US brands and retailers – have refused to sign the binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, an enforceable worker safety program with more than seventy company signatories from more than fifteen countries.
Walmart, Gap and the corporations that have chosen to join them, are unwilling to commit to a program under which they actually have to keep the promises they make to workers and accept financial responsibility for ensuring that their factories are made safe. Instead, they offer a program that mimics the Accord rhetorically, but that omits the features that make an agreement meaningful. We explain in detail below why this scheme falls far short of the program embodied in the binding, enforceable safety Accord.
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Statement on the Walmart/Gap Announcement, from Worker Rights Consortium, Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network and United Students Against Sweatshops.
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* US retailers offer safety plan for Bangladesh RMG factories:

Over a dozen American retailers including Walmart, Gap, Target, Kohl’s and Macy’s on Wednesday announced a plan for improving factory safety in Bangladesh – an alternative to a plan embraced by 70 retailers and apparel brands, most of them European, reports the New York Times.

The proposal calls for the retailers to inspect the estimated 500 factories that the American companies use within 12 months, and then develop plans to fix any substantial safety problems that are found, Steven Greenhouse and Stephanie Clifford of the NYT wrote quoting one official involved in the planning.
Under the effort, called the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the participating companies would contribute money — from a modest amount up to $1 million a year, depending on the level of business each does in Bangladesh. This would create a total fund of $40 million to $50 million during the plan’s five years.
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* US retailers unveils safety plan for Bangladesh factories:

Seventeen North American retailers, including Walmart and Gap, on Wednesday formed the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety Initiative undertaking a five-year plan, which sets aggressive timelines and accountability for inspections, training and worker empowerment. 

The alliance will inspect Bangladesh factories that manufacture products for them within the first year and develop common safety standards for the factories within the next three months, said a press release of the alliance issued from Washington.
Members of the alliance will provide the funding necessary over the five-year period — currently at $42 million and growing — to support the specific programmes of the initiative, with some companies offering an additional combined total of over $100 million in loans and access to capital to assist factory owners they work with in Bangladesh for factory safety improvements, said the release.
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* Canadian, U.S. retailers sign pact:

A group of 17 U.S. and Canadian retailers has signed a five-year pact aimed at increasing safety and working conditions in Bangladesh factories.

The agreement, which applies to Canadian Tire Corp., Wal-Mart, The Gap, Hudson’s Bay Co. and other retailers operating in Canada, will see North American companies advancing money for training and upgrading to factories in Bangladesh.

Among the North American retailers who`ve signed the deal are:
Canadian Tire, Carter`s, The Children`s Place, Gap, HBC, IFG Corp, J.C. Penney, The Jones Group, Kohl`s, L.L. Bean, Macy`s, Nordstrom, Public Clothing Co, Sears, Target, VF Corp and Wal-Mart.
The alliance was created in response to consumer pressure that has mounted since a building collapse in Bangladesh this April that killed 1,129 workers. The tragedy followed a fire last November that killed 112 Bangladeshi workers.
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* Foreign ministry to fix a date for Ticfa signing:

The officials of the commerce ministry and the US Trade Representative would sign the deal in the USA after a date is fixed

The commerce ministry has requested the foreign ministry to finalise a probable date for the signing of the crucial Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (Ticfa) with the USA to bolster bilateral trade and investment.
“The [commerce] ministry today [Wednesday] sent a letter to the foreign ministry along with the law ministry’s vetting consent and the actual documents of the Ticfa in Bangla and English versions,” Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune.
The officials of the commerce ministry and the US Trade Representative would sign the deal in the USA after a date is fixed, he said.
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* FIFA World Cup boosts BD RMG export to Brazil:

Bangladesh has achieved a significant export growth of readymade garments (RMG) to the football loving country— Brazil due to increasing demand for sportswear ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

The Brazilian football supporters in Bangladesh will be more enthusiastic during the greatest show on earth…. World Cup when they will come to know that their favourite player Neymer da Silva will wear Bangladesh made jersey when he would kick his best ‘left leg kick’.
Many of Brazilian RMG importers have increased their orders for T-shirts, jerseys, trousers, pullovers, cardigans, waist-coats, caps, blazers and trousers.
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* Bangladesh still king for cost-crunching retailers:

Other Asia apparel makers fail to become Bangladesh substitutes even after factory disasters

With knitwear exports of over $2 billion a year, India’s garment manufacturing hub Tirupur has earned the nickname ‘Dollar City,’ but its allure for price-conscious global retailers obsessed by discounts of as little as one US cent pales before Bangladesh.

Indian and Southeast Asian apparel manufacturers had hoped the orders would come flooding in, after the deadly collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory complex this year galvanised global brands such as Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) to consider relocating production.
But several industry organisations and factories contacted by Reuters in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India — Asia’s top apparel makers outside China — said international retailers were not beating a path to their door just yet. When it comes to price, Bangladesh is king.
‘The reason Bangladesh went from zero to hero in the garment sector is because there is no country with such low labour and other costs,’ said Arvind Singhal, chairman of India-based retail consultancy Technopak Advisers.
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* Jute exports hit billion-dollar mark in FY’12:

Income from exports of jute and jute products again crossed the US$ 1.0-billion mark in the just-out fiscal as new markets did well, official data showed. The exports first hit the billion-dollar mark in 2010-11 financial year (FY).

Exporters and officials said earnings from jute and jute goods registered a remarkable growth following increasing demand for natural fibre-made products across the world.
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* Aftermath of the Rana Plaza Tragedy: Social and Health Issues Emerge Amid Struggle for Workers’ Rights:

Two months after the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh on April 24, where over a thousand workers died and countless others were injured, families who lost a loved one or workers who were seriously injured face obstacles in obtaining compensation for lost wages, adequate health care for issues related to their injuries, and counseling for severe post-traumatic stress from the tragedy.

It is hard to imagine the full ripple effects of the tragedy in the workers’ families and communities, unless one realizes that garment workers were the primary or steady wage earners in their families, who were overwhelmingly young women.  The workers’ salaries supported not only their immediate families, but also that of their extended families.  Injuries, including those to pelvic areas, have created women’s health issues unique to a predominantly female workforce.

Female Garment Workers as Primary Wage Earners Sixteen-year old Sabina supports her three sisters and parents as a garment worker.  She is unable to attend school because she is forced to work to support her younger sisters and parents.  Now, traumatized by the collapse, she no longer wants to go back to the garment factory.  Her mother by her side as she recuperates with other workers in a dedicated Rana Plaza unit at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, Sabina worries about what other work she could find.   Most likely, she will return to her village.
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* BB receives Tk 20 lakh from Woori Bank for Savar victims:

Bangladesh Bank (BB) today received a cheque for Taka 20 lakh from Woori
Bank for the Prime Minister’s relief fund for the Rana Plaza collapse
victims.

BB Governor Dr Atiur Rahman today received the cheques from Chief
Executive for Woori Bank Bangladesh, Jong Hu Park at a programme at the
central bank’s headquarters in the capital.
With the donation from the Korean Woori Bank, BB so far received Taka 90
crore for the PM’s relief fund for the victims of Savar building collapse.
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13:19:47 local time map of india INDIA

* Tougher times ahead for exporters:

There is more bad news for Indian exporters with the preferential access to the US, known as generalized system of preferences (GSP), set to expire at the month-end.

Expiry of the benefits are expected to hit small scale and labour-intensive industries the most, prompting commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma to once again take up the issue when he meets US trade representative Mike Froman later this week. But given Froman’s strong stance against imports from emerging market economies such as India and China, an extension is not going to come easily, said officials.
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13:19:47 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* To GSP or not to GSP, that is the question:

20130711 DAILYMIRROR

The European Union’s (EU) Generalised System of Tariff Preferences (GSP) is a scheme where the EU grants developing countries such as Sri Lanka duty free or preferential duty access to the EU market for a selected number of products.

What is GSP Plus?
The EU has three types of concessions granted under the GSP scheme:
(1) Standard GSP scheme,
(2) Special Arrangement for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and
(3) Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance. It is this last that is known as GSP Plus.
A comparison of the concessions under the different schemes is given in Table 1. Notice that countries with GSP Plus receive greater concessions than those with Standard GSP, especially if their main exports fall into the category of “sensitive products”.
GSP Plus and trade with EU
Sri Lanka lost its GSP Plus status in August 2010. The EU is the largest export destination of Sri Lanka accounting for 30 percent of exports of the country. Apparel accounts for 60 percent of exports to the EU and this is categorized as a “sensitive product” – standing to gain much more from GSP Plus than from just the Standard GSP.
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12:49:47 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Chinese investment to help resolve energy crisis: APTPMA:

Mian Ajmal Farooq, Chairman All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) expressed satisfaction over the recent visit of China by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif and said that the completion of all MoUs and agreements would open news ways of friendship for both countries.

Chinese investment of billions of rupees would come into the country, and help resolve the severe energy crisis and problems of the industry and traders. Because of the energy crisis and other problems the country’s industry, business, economy and exports were declining day by day. Especially from closures as a result of the energy crisis ie gas and electricity, the textile processing industry was confronted with complete devastation, he added.
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* Top official calls meeting of leather industry stakeholders:

The Federal Secretary Commerce Qasim Niaz has called the meeting of all stakeholders of leather industry to discuss the problems of this important sector providing jobs to about one million people across the country.

The meeting has been fixed on the request of Pakistan Tanners Association, said Agha Saiddain PTA Chairman while talking to Business Recorder.
He said PTA is upset on stagnant growth for last 5 years ie 2007-08 to 2011-12. The growth rate of leather sector exports was in minus and exports reduced to 14.09 per cent as against positive growth in the region with 47 per cent, 40 per cent, and 102 per cent in China, India, and Bangladesh respectively.
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* Punjab achieves 96pc, Sindh 88pc cotton-sowing target: CCAC:

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Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) here on Wednesday was informed that Punjab province has achieved 96 per cent of crop sowing targets and Sindh 88 per cent of targets set for the year 2013-14.

The first meeting of CCAC was held with Federal Secretary, Textile Industry Division, Ms. Rukhsana Shah in the chair to asses the volume of current cotton crop in the country, said Cotton Commissioner in Ministry of Textile industry, Dr Khalid Abullah.
Talking to APP, he said that representatives of provincial governments, Plant Protection Department, Trading Cooperation of Pakistan (TCP), Cotton Growers, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) and Pakistan CenralCotton Committee (PCCC) attended the meeting.
Dr Abdullah said that in Punjab cotton crop has been cultivated over 5.766 million acres of land against the set targets of 6.00 million acres during the current sowing season which makes 96 per cent of cotton sowing targets.
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12:49:47 local time map of uzbekistan UZBEKISTAN

* Advocacy Groups to Dow Jones: South Korean Company’s Transgressions Merit Removal from Sustainability Index:

Prominent human rights, labor rights and advocacy groups appealed to the Dow Jones recently to remove POSCO (NYSE: PKX) from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), the Cotton Campaign, and the International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) have all separately written to Dow Jones’ Chief Executive Officer, Lex Fenwick, and Chief Executive Officer of Dow Jones’ sustainability indices partner, RobecoSAM, Michael Baldinger, to initiate a Media & Stakeholder Review Process in response to POSCO’s refusal to address a range of appalling practices that violate Dow Jones’ sustainability standards.
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HEADLINES TODAY:

CHINA
* Debate on China’s TPP role regains momentum

VIET NAM
* RoK firm builds textile factory in Ben Tre
* VN can’t take full advantage of preferential tariffs to boost exports to EU

CAMBODIA
* Stitching up an election
* Managers Taught How to Spot Underage Labor
* Korea trade nears $1 billion

BANGLADESH
* Garments worker protest at factory closure in Gazipur
* Workers protest in CEPZ for salary arrears
* Worker killed on way to rally
* 22 held for RMG worker killing at Badda
* Cases to be withdrawn for GSP
* US ‘will consider GSP revival for Bangladesh’
* US think-tank urges Obama admn to repeal sanctions on BD exports
* Walmart/Gap Bangladesh safety plan: pale imitation of Accord
* Safety scheme GAP and Walmart only ’empty promises’
* US retailers offer safety plan for Bangladesh RMG factories
* US retailers unveils safety plan for Bangladesh factories
* Canadian, U.S. retailers sign pact
* Foreign ministry to fix a date for Ticfa signing
* FIFA World Cup boosts BD RMG export to Brazil
* Bangladesh still king for cost-crunching retailers
* Jute exports hit billion-dollar mark in FY’12
* Aftermath of the Rana Plaza Tragedy: Social and Health Issues Emerge Amid Struggle for Workers’ Rights
THE SAVAR BUILDING COLLAPSE:
* BB receives Tk 20 lakh from Woori Bank for Savar victims

INDIA
* Tougher times ahead for exporters

SRI LANKA
* To GSP or not to GSP, that is the question

PAKISTAN
* Chinese investment to help resolve energy crisis: APTPMA
* Top official calls meeting of leather industry stakeholders
* Punjab achieves 96pc, Sindh 88pc cotton-sowing target: CCAC

UZBEKISTAN
* Advocacy Groups to Dow Jones: South Korean Company’s Transgressions Merit Removal from Sustainability Index

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