Archive | South Asia

  • Pakistan’s textile and clothing blames “democracy” for industry collapse

    Pakistan’s Punjab province has about twice the population of the UK – and once was the cotton-growing and textile manufacturing powerhouse of South Asia. Five years of spurious “democracy”,  and vanity projects have almost destroyed it   

  • Indian clothing production falls for tenth successive month

    The value of India’s clothing production fell 11% year on year in the latest month for which data is available (January 2018), while the value of its exports  was static in the year to April 2017, and fell slightly in the following eight months.

  • Rule of law reborn in Bangladesh

    A Bangldeshi intelligence agent is convicted for killing a clothing union activist while a Pakistani government minister parties after burning 252 clothing workers alive.

  • A tale of two South Asian scandals

    During April 2018, two five-year old clothing industry scandals involving corrupt South Asian governments played themselves out.

  • Activists call for “immediate release” of Bangladeshi union members “held on false charges”. Days after they got bail

    The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) called on April 7 for the “immediate release” of union members charged with attempted murder on January 31.   The members had all been granted bail on April 5.

  • Controversy likely over Bangladesh Alliance succession plan

    With the Alliance  due to be would up by the end of 2018, plans for its successor are likely to become highly controversial over the next few months

  • Bangladesh Alliance future begins to firm up

    Bangladesh Alliance executive director Jim Moriarty said in late March that 88% of factory remediation is complete, with 84% of items most critical to life safety covered.

  • German consultancy finds 121 textile industry deaths in Surat over three years

    A German consultancy,  Südwind Institute for Economics and Ecumenism, has found 121 deaths in Surat’s textile industry between 2012 and 2015, and 114 in the three years to December 2017.

  • Bangladesh crosses first hurdle for leaving “Least Developed Nation” category

    On March 15, the UN’s Committee for Development Policy announced that Bangladesh had met all three criteria for graduating from the group of least-developed countries (LDC).

  • EU adds Sri Lanka to its duty-free GSP+ programme

    The European Union has reinstated Sri Lanka to its GSP+ programme, a special arrangement under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences aimed at encouraging sustainable development and good governance.

  • Apparel making jobs target in key Indian state “98% below target”

    The apparel making job creation target in India’s Maharashtra state (the area round Mumbai) seems to be 98% below its 2012 target, according to its 2016-17 Economic Survey.

  • Indians claim “New textile policy seeks special focus on handicraft”

    Indian media reported on  March 26 that its non-performing Textiles Policy, which has turned India’s apparel exports into some of the fastest-declining in the world, is being tweaked to “boost the growth of the handicraft sector.”

  • Burma best-performing major 2016 supplier: Cambodia, India, Philippines and Morocco do worst

    Burma showed the strongest growth among apparel suppliers to developed countries in 2016, as the total volume shipped worldwide fell for the first time in five years .

  • EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights

    The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights.

  • Fast Retailing publishes “core supplier list” and Sustainability Report

    Fast Retailing published its “core supplier list” on February 28. The list includes 146 suppliers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but no indication of how the company defines “core”, or what kind of supplier relations have not been disclosed.