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One more step in the compliance journey of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) Ms. Daw Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary General of the MGMA emphasized

Launch of four new products for Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) with the support of the ILO Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP)

News | 17 February 2020
The ILO’s Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP) has supported the MGMA in collaboration ILO Garment Industry Project (GIP) and the ILO Liaison Office in Yangon in the development of four new tools. These tools are: (1) Voluntary Labour Compliance Assessment tool; (2) All Aboard – an induction tool kit for new garment industry workers; (3) Automation and Digitization in the Myanmar Garment Sector, a study on automation; and (4) Skilled Workers Matter, a study on absenteeism and turnover in the Myanmar garment industry.

The MGMA is the main forum and business services organization supporting the garment industry in Myanmar. According to official MGMA data, there are currently some 500 factories providing jobs to approximately half a million workers, the overwhelming majority of which are young women. The garment industry is the fastest growing economic sector with the highest formal job creation rate in the country. MGMA forecasts that the sector could soon provide employment to 1.5 million people, generating exports valued at USD 8-10 billion in aggregate. The garment sector currently plays a pivotal role in Myanmar’s economic growth and quest for economic and social development through decent work.

The launch of these new products took place on February 17 at the MGMA training centre in Yangon. During the event, Mr. Donglin Li, ILO Liaison Officer in Yangon, stated that, “the tools will help garment factories to develop strong induction programme for workers and guide factories towards an always greater compliance with Myanmar labour laws and international labour standards, which will practically support the desire of MGMA and its members in their quest to ascertain Myanmar as an ethical sourcing destination.”

Ms. Daw Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary General of the MGMA, inaugurated the event, emphasizing that “it is the role of MGMA, as a mature business association, to provide leadership and guidance to our members and accompany each of them in this ‘compliance journey’.” She added, “The VLCA supports MGMA’s Code of Conduct design to enhance the industry’s understanding of our responsible corporate behaviour.”

The ILO’s Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP) had already supported MGMA in setting up a Labour Department providing quality labour-related services to company-members through the project “Strengthening Employers Organizations in Myanmar”.

To get more information on these tools, please click here: https://www.ilo.org/actemp/areas-of-work/WCMS_584477/lang--en/index.htm