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  • The Bangladeshi Miracle

    This is a picture of Bangladesh’s biggest garment and textile company at its 2018 Eid Iftar: the annual staff party celebrating the end of Ramadan. The company’s website about the party shows pictures of the event over the previous eight years.

  • India’s handloom obsession starts talk of an “endgame” in its clothing export industry

    India’s obsession with the politics of hand-weaving means clothes exports are falling sharply.

  • Chinese “waiting for Pakistani textile mills to die”

    A year ago, Pakistani companies were leaking to news agencies that Chinese firms were using Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” project to invest heavily in Pakistan’s spinning and weaving industry.

  • Pakistan’s textile association current government’s vanity projects have almost destroyed industry

    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.

  • 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.”

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