Ramadan ended on June 14 with virtually none of the carnage predicted for the Bangladesh clothing industry at its beginning.
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Theresa May confirmed on May 16 that Britain would remain in Europe’s Single Market – using the news chaos around the Royal Wedding to ensure media would overlook it.
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.
Primark’s H1 results, announced on April 17, make it the first British retailer to achieve over a billion dollars’ annual profit from selling clothes.
The Trump administration’s stances on the TPP in April probably established an all-time record for policy U-turns. The TPP’s major members, though, made real progress with the EU
During April 2018, two five-year old clothing industry scandals involving corrupt South Asian governments played themselves out.
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.
The volume of the $255 bn worth of clothing (measured in numbers of garments) imported in 2017 into the key developed countries (Japan, the US and EU – JUSEU) fell 3.1%, according to the 2017 edition of Clothesource Tradetrak.
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).
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A joint statement from UK and EU negotiators on the progress of the Brexit talks in early December said the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union.
The EU’s General Affairs Council agreed its timetable and directives for Britain’s exit negotiations on May 22, as the major UK and EU negotiators appeared to take strongly conflicting positions on their content.
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.