In the news 17 Feb. 2014

19:32:50 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Central city’s garments sector gets ready for TPP:

Although the output of Da Nang’s textiles and garments companies accounts for only 7 percent of Viet n am’s total, the central city has greatest potential for the future development of this sector, according to a local newspaper.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership between the 12 member nations is expected to be signed soon and Viet n am’s textiles and garments industry is likely to enjoy the agreement’s greatest benefits by increasing its competitiveness.
Local businesses have made every effort to prepare themselves when Vietnam becomes a TPP member by meeting all the required standards , said the Da Nang Today online.
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19:32:50 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Garment Workers See Renewed Appeal in Strike:

The day military police armed with AK-47s shot dead five striking garment workers on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Street last month, Keo Pheaktra, then two months pregnant, lay flat on the floor of her small rented room for hours to avoid the flying bullets.

The workers had been protesting a decision to increase their basic wage from $80 to $100 a month, saying it would still not provide enough to live on. They had been demanding $160, but scared by the killings, they returned to the factories to make clothes.

“They were successful,” Ms. Pheaktra, 28, said Sunday in front of her building, which still bears bullet holes. “They killed one to scare off 100 more. No one is happy now. We’re afraid.”

Unions say they intend to hold a second nationwide strike in March, but doubts remain over whether they can overcome workers’ fears and convince them to match the numbers of last month’s unrehearsed mass uprising.

Ms. Pheaktra, however, who is now four months pregnant, said that for many workers, fear is starting to give way to financial desperation.
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* Detainee speaks out online:

As lawyers for 21 defendants denied bail by the Court of Appeal last week wait for the Supreme Court to respond to their appeals, the most high-profile of the detainees is speaking out via social media.

On Friday night, Prak Sovannary, wife of Vorn Pov – president of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) – posted to her Facebook account an open letter Pov allegedly wrote from prison to his supporters.

“I know that everyone has been working day and night to secure our freedom,” the letter, which appears to be signed by Pov, reads. “Many scars and wounds are on my body, creating a lot of pain, but this will not bother or depress me . . . I hope one day in the near future, we will receive our freedom back.”

Pov was one of 10 people arrested in front of Yakjin (Cambodia) Inc during a January 2 rally supporting a nationwide garment worker strike.
In an email yesterday, a spokesperson said Yakjin never filed a court complaint against the 10 arrested there.
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* Faintings halved in 2013: gov’:

The number of workers fainting in garment and footwear factories halved in 2013, a National Social Security Fund (NSSF) report released last week claims – a decline the Ministry of Labour puts down to increased education.

The NSSF, which is part of the ministry, recorded 823 incidents of workers fainting last year, down from 1,686 in 2012. The government recorded 1,973 workers fainting in 2011.
The majority of last year’s cases occurred between January and April and July and October, “when the factories receive most orders from buyers” and overtime peaks, the report says.

Other causes, it continues, include mass psychogenic illnesses marked by dizziness, vomiting and shortness of breath; insufficient diet; and poor factory conditions.
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20:32:50 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Indonesia encourages use of natural fibres in textiles:

The Government of Indonesia is encouraging the use of locally-grown natural fibres like banana, pineapple, etc. by the domestic textile industry to decrease the country’s dependence on polyester and rayon imports, Euis Saedah, director general of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Ministry of Industry, has said.
Talking to reporters in Jakarta, Ms. Saedah said the quantity of raw materials imported by the Indonesian textile and apparel industry is quite large.
Last year, Indonesia imported textile raw materials worth US$ 5.6 billion, while the country’s textile exports stood at $10.9 billion, Ms. Saedah said.
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18:32:50 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* Textile mill warehouse burns down in Narsingdi:

A fire broke out at a textile mill at Brahmandi in Narsingdi district town on Sunday night, burning down a huge quantity of cotton in its warehouse, UNB reported.

Fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at the cotton warehouse of ‘Joba Textile Mills’ at about 9:00pm and it soon engulfed huge cotton stacked there.
On information, five firefighting units from Madhabdi, Ghorashal, Manohardi, Raipura and district town rushed to the spot and doused the blaze after three hours of frantic efforts.
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* Fire at Narsingdi textile factory:

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Fire engulfs the tin-shed building of Jaba Textile Mill in Brammandi area of Narsingdi town this morning. Photo: DailyStar.

A fire broke out at a textile factory in Narsingdi town this morning around 12 hours after another blaze initiated at the same factory.
The losses caused by the fresh fire, that was brought under control around 10:45am, could not be ascertained immediately, reports our Narsingdi correspondent.

The second fire initiated around 8:00am at the tin-shed building of Jaba Textile Mill in Brammandi area of the town from an electric short circuit, said Ruhul Amin, station master of Narsingdi Fire Service and Civil Defence office.
Six units of fire fighters brought the blaze under control after over two and a half hours of their hectic effort, the station master added.
Earlier Sunday night, the first incident of fire originated at the same factory supposedly from the same source. Four units of fire service doused the fire after two hours.
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* Ensure rights of workers, PM asks officials:

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the officials to strictly follow the regulations to ensure the legitimate rights of the workers.

She asked the authorities concerned to take effective measures to incorporate the rights of formation of Workers’ Welfare Association in the form of trade union in the Export Processing Zones, BSS reports.
‘You have to ensure their training, wages, working atmosphere, safety and security,’ she told officials and employees of the ministry of labour and employment (MoLE) during her visit to the ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat on Sunday.
The prime minister said the government is relentlessly working for the welfare of the working people. ‘It’s the responsibility of the government to execute all necessary laws relating to workers’ welfare to establish justice in this particular area,’ she added.
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* Take effective measures to ensure workers’ welfare: PM:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed the Labour and Employment Ministry to take effective measures for the welfare of the workers by creating a congenial working atmosphere and ensuring appropriate wages for them.

It is one of the main responsibilities of the government to ensure minimum wages for the workers, a big strength for the country, she said in her introductory speech at a meeting with the high officials of the Labour and Employment Ministry at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
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* PM for ensuring workers’ welfare:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed Sunday the Labour and Employment Ministry to take effective measures for the welfare of the workers by creating congenial working atmosphere and ensuring appropriate wages for them, reports UNB.

It is one of the main responsibilities of the government to ensure minimum wages for the workers, a big strength for the country, she said in her introductory speech at a meeting with the high officials of the Labour and Employment Ministry at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

Sheikh Hasina, also in-charge of the Labour and Employment Ministry, directed the officials concerned to complete within the stipulated time the unfinished or under implemented development programmes and projects under the Ministry, which were taken during the last tenure of her government.

Sheikh Hasina said the aim of her government is to turn Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021 and a front ranking developed one by 2041.

To achieve the goal, the seventh five-year plan will be formulated after the completion sixth five-year plan by 2015, she said.

With the implementation of the perspective plan, she added, per capita income will be raised to 1500 US dollar, poverty reduced to 13 per cent and annual growth rate increased to 10 per cent by 2021.
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* PM: Build high-rises on labour ministry land:

She has instructed labour ministry officials to form labour welfare committees comprising factory

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested constructing high-rise buildings on abandoned and illegally occupied land of the Labour Welfare Centre, taking loans from Bangladesh Bank at minimum interest.

She has also instructed labour ministry officials to form labour welfare committees comprising factory owners and employees in EPZs and other commercial areas where forming trade unions is difficult.
“Apart from establishing new EPZs, the government will establish industrial zones in seven divisions,” the premier yesterday said in her first meeting with the officials of the labour and employment ministry.

Hasina, who is in charge of the ministry,arrived at the ministry at 10:30am and stayed until1:30pm.She held the meeting with ministry officials and agencies and departments under the ministry.
After the meeting, State Minister for Labour Mojibul Haque Chunnu told the Dhaka Tribune that the premier had given consent to recovering the land of labour welfare centres (LWCs) from grabbers and construction of buildings there.
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Terming house rent a big problem, the state minister said:“The government has already announced new wages for garment workers.
At least 85% garment factory owners have already implemented the new wages. The rest will also implement it.
“But, implementation of the minimum wages is not a trouble. The main problem is hike in house rent. We have a rent control act…We have taken an initiative to amend the act to save people from unethical increase of house rent.
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* Take effective steps to ensure workers’ right: Hasina:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the labour and employment ministry to take effective measures for the welfare of the workers by creating congenial working atmosphere and ensuring appropriate wages for them.

It is one of the main responsibilities of the government to ensure minimum wages for the workers, she said at a meeting with the high officials of the ministry at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
Though there is no scope to allow trade union in the export processing zone (EPZ) areas under the existing law, but steps should be taken to ensure the welfare of the workers, she said, and asked the ministry to take measures to protect the rights of housemaids.
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* Govt to mention about progresses in 2nd report:

The government will mention about some progresses regarding appointment of inspectors and creation of database for garment sector in its second report to be placed before the US Trade Representative in line with the US Action Plan for restoration of generalised system of preferences (GSP) benefits, officials said.

The government’s steps toward the issues of labour rights in export processing zones (EPZs) will also find a place in the progress report, they mentioned, adding the commerce ministry would send the reports to the USTR on April 15, 2014.

Earlier Bangladesh sent its first progress report on November 15 last year after the suspension of the GSP benefits in the US market, they said adding the US will review the GSP status in May this year and has asked the Bangladesh authority to submit its report on further progress by mid-April, about the progress made especially after December.

“We are preparing the second progress report and it will be sent to the US by April 15, Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed told the FE Saturday.

He also said the country has made progress in many areas as per the recommendations of the USTR and the remaining conditions including establishment of database, recruitment of inspectors and the conditions regarding EPZs will be met by March end.
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* Mozena pleased with stride for GSP:

The United States’ ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan W Mozena, is satisfied with Bangladesh’s progress on the implementation of the GSP action plan.

Mozena expressed his satisfaction at a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday, says a government handout.
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* Apparel exports fall 1.6% in January:

The exports fell to $2.24bn in January from $2.28bn one month earlier

Bangladesh’s readymade garment exports have declined by 1.66% or $38m in January from December as, apparel makers said, production was disrupted by political unrest.

The exports fell to $2.24bn in January from $2.28bn one month earlier, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data.
“Political unrest has dented the RMG factory production, which reflects in the fall of exports,” said Abdus Salam Murshedy, president of Exporters Association of Bangladesh (EAB).
He feared the export might further fall in the coming month as “the sector continues to face order crisis from the buyers while many orders still remain pending.”
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* Bangladesh Jan exports rise 7.8 pct on garment sales:

Bangladesh’s exports rose 7.8 percent in January from a year earlier to $2.75 billion, boosted by clothing sales, the Export Promotion Bureau said on Sunday, despite months of election-related violence that disrupted transport and prompted global retailers to curb orders.

Bangladesh’s $22 billion garment industry had seen orders cut nearly in half in the three months to December as political unrest in the months leading up to a Jan. 5 election hit the country, according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association.

The unrest eased after the polls, which were boycotted by the main opposition party and shunned by international observers as flawed, but the respite could be short-lived amid growing calls for a fresh election.
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       THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE

* Rana Plaza Images win World Press Photo Awards:

Two photographers from Bangladesh took home the awards in two categories from Spot News for their photographs of the Rana Plaza disaster of April 2013.

According to the list of winners from the 2014 photo contest of World Press Photo: Taslima Akhter, workers and women’s rights activists won 3rd prize in the singles category for her iconic photograph “Final Embrace.”
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18:02:50 local time map of india INDIA

* Gujarat Minister woos technical textile sector investors:

At a recent textile conference held in Ahmedabad in Gujarat – India, Mr Saurabh Patel – Minister of Energy and Petrochemicals in the Govt of Gujarat promised to extend full support to entrepreneurs who are willing to invest in the technical textiles sector in the state.

The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) organized a well-attended one-day conference – Textile Investment Conclave in Ahmedabad on February 11. The conference discussed and showcased Gujarat as a destination for investments in the textile industry.

Speaking exclusively to fibre2fashion on the sidelines of the conference, he said, “The technical textiles segment has got huge potential and will grow at a faster rate than other segments in the textile industry, hence we have come out with such an aggressive policy.
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17:32:50 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Disconnection of gas supply to textile units: APTMA chief hits out at SNGPL:

Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab S M Tanveer has strongly condemned the SNGPL for sudden discontinuation of gas supply to the Punjab-based textile mills on Sunday afternoon.

“It will deprive hundreds and thousands of textile workers from jobs and the country from $10 million per day exports”, he apprehended.

He said that the industry was highly appreciative of the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) under the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for keeping one shift of textile mills operational throughout winter despite high domestic demand.
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KYRGYZSTAN

* Kyrgyz Ministry develops projects for textile & garments:

The Ministry of Energy and Industry of Kyrgyzstan has developed two medium-term programs for the development of the textile and apparel industry of the country, said Kanatbek Muratbekov Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry during the board meeting of the Ministry in Bishkek.

According to a statement issued by the Government of Kyrgyzstan, at the board meeting Mr. Muratbekov informed that the Ministry has developed and approved two-medium term projects for textile and garment industries, under the Development of Textile and Garment Production of the Kyrgyz Republic Program for 2013-2015.
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AFRICA

* CMIA’s cotton project helps 70,000 small African farmers:

Cotton made in Africa continues its path of success besides long-term partners an additional 70,000 smallholder farmers benefit from the cotton initiative for the first time. 
 
Nearly 70,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Côte d’Ivoire benefit from the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative’s program for the first time and are able to market CmiA-tested cotton.
In this way, the initiative is further expanding its cooperation with smallholder families in Sub-Saharan Africa and making a significant contribution to improving their living conditions.
According to the Human Development Index of the United Nations, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Côte d’Ivoire are among the least developed countries in the world. In order to fully realize their potential, particular in the agricultural sector, CmiA focuses on sustainable and efficient cotton production.
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* Cambodian Garment Workers Demonstration: $160 We Need!
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HEADLINES:

VIET NAM
* Central city’s garments sector gets ready for TPP

CAMBODIA
* Garment Workers See Renewed Appeal in Strike
* Detainee speaks out online
* Faintings halved in 2013: gov’

INDONESIA
* Indonesia encourages use of natural fibres in textiles

BANGLADESH
* Textile mill warehouse burns down in Narsingdi
* Fire at Narsingdi textile factory
* Ensure rights of workers, PM asks officials
* Take effective measures to ensure workers’ welfare: PM
* PM for ensuring workers’ welfare
* PM: Build high-rises on labour ministry land
* Take effective steps to ensure workers’ right: Hasina
* Govt to mention about progresses in 2nd report
* Mozena pleased with stride for GSP
* Apparel exports fall 1.6% in January
* Bangladesh Jan exports rise 7.8 pct on garment sales
THE RANA PLAZA BUILDING COLLAPSE:
* Rana Plaza Images win World Press Photo Awards

INDIA
* Gujarat Minister woos technical textile sector investors

PAKISTAN
* Disconnection of gas supply to textile units: APTMA chief hits out at SNGPL

KYRGYZSTAN
* Kyrgyz Ministry develops projects for textile & garments

AFRICA
* CMIA’s cotton project helps 70,000 small African farmers

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