Over 100,000 employees needed for garment sector

A file photo shows employees work on a production line at a garment factory in Hlainethaya Yangon Photo @ Phoe Khwar copy
Employees work on a production line at a garment factory in Hlinethaya, Yangon.

The garment sector in Myanmar has developed as the EU has lifted economic sanctions, potentially opening up 100,000 jobs in the garment sector, according to Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association (MGEA).
“Previously, there were only 300 garment factories in Myanmar. Now, there are over 400 garment factories in Myanmar thanks to the lifting of economic sanctions,”said Dr. Khin Maung Aye, chairman of MGEA.
“Currently, Myanmar garment factories are manufacturing clothing of export quality to fulfill the demand. Garments are exported upon EU lifting of sanctions. So, we need more employees,” said Daw Khin Khin Nwe, general secretary of MGEA.
The EU ended Myanmar economic sanctions during the incumbent government period in October 2016.
“Currently, five garment factories are being opened per month. And, there are 1,000 employees working per factory,” said U Myint Soe, chairman of MGEA.
Myanmar garments are mainly exported to the EU, Japan and South Korea. In 2015, 10 per cent of export products were from the garment sector.

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