The EU Delegation, European parliamentarians were pay visit to Unique HTT in Hlaing Tharyar industrial zone on Thursday, 15th February for evaluating human rights conditions in garment factories in Myanmar.
There are accompanied by Myanmar Garments Manufacturer Association and SMART Myanmar with the delegation. Daw Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary General of MGMA explained and give presentation for Myanmar garment industry growth & development and benefitting from economic development and creating jobs in Myanmar. She also presented the EU GSP trade benefit continues in garment sector in Myanmar.
SMART Myanmar also presented about project overview with focus on work with garment factories on social & environmental capacity building. The EU politicians tour to factory for checking improving awareness on compliance standard and respect human rights for factory workers.
The delegation raised for closing Q&A and Daw Khine Khine Nwe were answered.
The AFTEX, ASEAN Federation of Textile Industries 38th Council Meeting and 36 Plenary Session was held on the 18-19th January 2018 at Park Royal Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar. The meeting was joined by Ministry of Industry, National Federation of Thai Textile Industries, Indonesian Textile Association, Garment Manufacturers Association Cambodia, Association of the Lao Garment Industry, Malaysian Textile Manufacturers, Indonesian Textile Association, Permanent Executive Secretary of AFTEX, Confederation of Garment Exporters of the Philippines (CONGEP), Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) and Myanmar Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA).
First day of the meeting on 18th January, had discussed on the topics of the Council’s endorsement of meeting minutes for the 37th Council Meeting and 36th Plenary Meeting and confirmation and AFTEX Account and Membership Fees were discussed. At the end of the meeting, MGMA gave Souvenir to AFTEX delegates. Chief Delegates dinner hosted by MGMA at PARKROYAL hotel.
Second day of the meeting on 19th January, AFTEX Country Report Session was presented by each country: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. After Lunch, delegates had a tour to DJY Knitting Myanmar Co.Ltd and Myanmar Synergy Garment Co.Ltd in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone which was organized by MGMA.
Please find the details information for AFTEX Country report on the link to:
The MGMA hold “MGMA’s 4th Annual Factory Awards dinner 2017” (Photos Album) successfully in Summit Parkview Hotel Yangon on 9th December 2017 with collaboration of sponsored by KOGAM Korea Garment Association in Myanmar, SMART Myanmar, Luther law firm, Gar-Tex MINH Vl EXHIBITION AND ADVERTISEMENT SERVICES CO., LTD and PHEE Group logistic service . There was a great chance to meet with manufacturers and industry service providers, brand representatives and related logistics companies & organizations at the biggest business networking opportunity for Myanmar’s apparel industry. Around 250 participants including 70 buyers from MTG, Myanmar Int’l Textile & Garment Industry Exhibition 2017 joined to this event.
Speeches by Union Minister of Ministry of Labor Immigration and Population, H.E U Thein Swe and Chairman of UN Global Compact Network Myanmar, Prof. Aung Tun Thet in this event. Awards were given by MGMA are The Garment Factory of the Year 2017 to Fook Hing Limited and The Best Practices Factory of the Year 2017 to New Green Land Garment respectively. Another awards by MGMA are given The Most Improved factory 2017 to Unique HTT, locally owned factory and Chen’s Myanmar, foreign owned factory which were sponsored by SMART Myanmar.
The Best Practices Factory of the Year 2017 to New Green Land Garment
The Garment Factory of the Year 2017 to Fook Hing Limited
The Most Improved factory 2017 to Unique HTT, locally owned factory
The Most Improved factory 2017 to Chen’s Myanmar, foreign owned factory
Myanmar Garment Human Resources Development Center (MGHRDC) is training school of the MGMA. Daw Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary General of MGMA conducted first ever Basic Labour Law Training for trainees who will enter into employment very soon after their basic sewing course in MGHRDC. She designed and delivered very simple training course so that every young person in the class can understand and absorb knowledge of their rights and responsibilities written in the labour laws. She emphasized only there words of Value, Rights and Responsibilities.
She defined “Value” as self-value that literally a person values oneself by complying with ethical standards, obeying the rules and working hard. And that self-valued person who understand Rights and Responsibilities become valuable person, she explained.
Finally, she wrapped up the training by saying that “if you are a valuable person, don’t worry, your boss would love you and if your boss loves you then the money will follow you”.
MGMA invites the applications for the “MGMA Social Compliance Awards 2017” in collaboration with Smart Myanmar to be presented at the “MGMA’s 4th Annual Factory Awards Dinner 2017”. Date of event is expected to be at the beginning December 2017 and we will informed shortly.
Find Invitation for more details and Application Form for the award.
A number of recent reports have placed a negative light on Myanmar’s garment sector. We believe that these reports don’t accurately portray the reality of the sector. We also acknowledge that there are some shortcomings.The MGMA is committed to using its limited resources and capacity to helping address these. So the MGMA published a press release on 2017-10-04.
The MGMA Press Release on 2017-10-04 (Myanmar) is here.
The MGMA Press Release on 2017-10-04 (English) is here.
MGMA is now implementing several staff capacity building programs with the intension to offer in the future more proficient services by MGMA for the development of Myanmar garment sector.
These capacity building programs started in January 2017 with a staff capacity assessment workshop for all MGMA staffs, including the Training Centre MGHRDC, and has been facilitated by Myanmar Development Professional (MDP). An English language proficiency assessment test was organized with the British Council (BC).
MGMA’s in-office pre-intermediate English course was completed on 09th Jun, 2017. The course was supported by AVE, www.ave-international.de for the capacity development of MGMA’s staffs in communicating with international organizations, NGOs, INGOs. Thanks to support from our partner AVE and tutor Ms. Shivani Suresh, MGMA’s staffs have improved their English a lot and now they are confident to communicate effectively with foreign business partners. MGMA will arrange more English trainings in the near future.
Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association and Myanmar Industries Craft & Services Trade Unions Federation (MICS-TUsF) signed “Joint Statement” on 27.5.2017. Both parties agreed on developing better relationship between Employers and Employees.
Joint Statement with MGMA and MICS-TUsF (27.5.2017)
The MGMA has issued the following response to the extremely inaccurate, misleading and sensationalized report published recently by SOMO, first covered by The Guardian and now covered by Der Spiegel and other newspapers.
We are deeply disturbed that biased, unscientific and in-transparent “reporting” is allowed to be presented as journalism. In fact, the news coverage is not based on first-hand or even second hand observations, but rather relies on unsubstantiated third-hand accounts.
We invite you to read our full response to The Guardian here:
Response to inaccuracies in Guardian article