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Cambodian Commerce Minister for high-value-added investment in RMG sector

Cambodian Minister of Commerce, H.E. Pan Sorasak, has requested International Labour Organisation (ILO) to encourage high-value-added investment in the garment sector and boost for more orders of renowned branded products from Cambodia. According to the news release by Ministry of Commerce, Sorasak made the request during his meeting with Maurizio Bussi, Officer In-Charge of ILO’s Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR in Phnom Penh. He also spoke of the support and cooperation provided […]

March 23, 2017


Explosion at Chinese garment factory in Cambodia claims one life

One person died and several others sustained injuries in an explosion at a China-owned garment factory located in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey, Cambodia. The accident took place after a steam generator kept in the premises of Zhen Tai Garment that makes jeans for US brand Levi’s, exploded, and its part flung into air and later fell on group of people who were having lunch. The machine, which exploded, is used in the final […]


Vietnam ready for an ‘automatic’ shift in technology

The Vietnam industry is moving to imbibe greater automation, compelling machine manufacturers to beeline for the country hoping to get a bigger share of the growing business. Among the growing number of such machine providers are many Chinese companies like Euromac, MAQI, Ngai Shing and Hikari. According to a recent report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as many as 86 per cent of workers in the garment-textiles and leather-footwear industries worldwide may face unemployment […]


ILO confirms forced labour in Uzbek cotton industry

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has confirmed forced labour in Uzbekistan during 2016 cotton harvest season. The ILO found that “sustainable elimination of the risk of child and forced labour remains a prominent issue” in Uzbekistan. The ILO report adds that out of total 2.8 million cotton pickers involved in annual cotton harvest one third of them were “non-voluntary”.   The figure is in line with Cotton Campaign estimates of the size of the population […]


Bangladesh’s MK Sweaters to install 40 SHIMA SEIKI machines

MK Sweaters, a Bangladesh-based export house set up in 2003 by Md. Salim Rana, Chairman and Russell Rana, Executive Director of the company, has created unique blends of spandex, acrylic and nylon fabric blend to differentiate the products. The company has 1,100 hand flat knitting machines with a monthly capacity of 50,000 to 60,000 finished products/sweaters at two factories, MK Sweaters and Fashions Designs. Currently, one of the biggest issues affecting growth at MK Sweaters […]


Brexit to impact Cambodian apparel export sector

Brexit, a short expression for Britain’s Exit from European Union, was the referendum of the United Kingdom on its continuity as a member of EU, where 48.1 per cent voting to remain and 51.9 per cent winning the leave. And, according to the ILO (International Labour Organization) this is going to hurt the garment export sector of Cambodia as Europe has been its No. 1 garment export market since 2014, with the UK, in particular, […]

January 21, 2017


Robots to replace workers in Vietnam apparel industry: Study

With the growing technology movement in Vietnam, millions of workers in the textile and apparel sector of the country are expected to get affected in a big way, according to a survey by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam on labour market trends. To ensure jobs, not only the State and enterprises, but also the workers themselves have to improve their skills to adapt, the study adds. Nguyen Thien Ly, Deputy General Director, […]


Robots, a mighty challenge for Vietnamese garment workers

According to a recent report released by International Labour organization (ILO), workers in Vietnam’s two major and growing production sectors – garments and electronics – are at risk. The study found that 86 per cent of garment workers are facing increased automation and could be replaced by robots in the coming decades. The two sectors provide the country’s key exports and account for around 40 per cent of the nation’s manufacturing jobs, but productivity and the application […]


Development partners intend to continue Bangladesh RMG sector support

Even as ‘Improving Working Conditions in the Bangladesh Readymade Garment Sector Programme’ implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by Canada, Netherlands and United Kingdom is coming to an end in June 2017, representatives of the Governments of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the UK along with ILO recently signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to continue efforts to improve conditions in the Bangladesh readymade garment industry. Also Read – ILO launches project on workplace relations in […]

December 14, 2016


ILO launches project on workplace relations in Bangladesh RMG sector

Aiming to create improved workplace relations in the Bangladesh apparel sector by enhancing dialogue between the Government, employers and workers, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in support with Sweden and Denmark, adopted a five-year-long project – ‘Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in Bangladesh Readymade Garment Industry Project’, launched recently in Dhaka. Also Read – New initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in Bangladesh The five year-long project is expected to develop dialogue mechanisms […]


ILO DG underlines safety improvements in Bangladesh RMG industry

Underlining the efforts undertaken in the field of workplace safety in the Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) industry, Director General of International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder recently stated the workplace safety has improved in last three years, further adding that the relationship between the ILO and Bangladesh had stimulated after the Rana Plaza collapse. Also Read – ILO aims to improve working condition in Bangladesh RMG sector This he said at a luncheon meeting organised by […]


ILO’s Better Factories Cambodia gets 3-year extension

Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Labour – Government of Cambodia, GMAC (Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia) and ILO’s BFC (International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia) have signed an MoU to extend the partnership for three more years, covering a period from January 2017 to December 2019. During the said period, the partners have committed to increase collaboration to work together to improve the working conditions and boost the competitiveness of the Cambodian garment sector […]


ILO re-elects Guy Ryder as Director-General

The Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has re-elected Guy Ryder as Director-General for a second five year-term starting October 2017, as per reports. Speaking about the appointment, Ryder said, “My second term will start as the world of work is undergoing unprecedented and transformative change. One asset that we have to master is our unique tripartite structure where government, employer and worker representatives will play a key role in shaping the future […]


Genesis Fashions gets ‘Registered Training Organization’ certification

Genesis Fashions Ltd., one of the sister concerns of M&J Group – leading apparel manufacturer providing high quality garments to fashion brands like Replay, H&M, New Yorker, C&A, Esprit, GAP, Old Navy and Macys in the Europe, USA, Asian and Canadian markets, has achieved the certification of Registered Training Organization from the Bangladeshi Government and International Labour Organization (ILO) under the framework of the Ready-made Garment Centre of Excellence (COE) Project. The COE Project, financed […]


8,00,000 RMG workers to receive training in occupational safety and health

A total of 8,00,000 readymade garment workers from 585 RMG factories across Bangladesh are set to get training on occupational safety and health covering priority areas like fire safety, electrical safety, trips, slips, falls and good housekeeping, dangerous substances, ergonomics, personal protective equipment and first aid, the announcement of which was made recently  at the launch of a third phase of Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health (EOSH) designed by the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) […]

October 17, 2016

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