Value chain analysis in Myanmar's garment sector

The garment sector has the potential to create large scale employment in Myanmar, particularly for women, who make up the majority of the workforce. With the sector in its infancy, it is a crucial moment to act in order to promote growth and to mitigate the considerable social and environmental risks the industry faces. With funding from DANIDA, the ILO aims to contribute to the creation of decent work opportunities for women and men in the garment sector, while working with the main actors to ensure they responsible business practices.

This report provides an analysis of the garments value chain in Myanmar. This includes analysis of the actors and processes involved in the value chain, from input supply to the point that products meet their end markets. Following the M4P framework, it also analyses the ‘rules’ and ‘supporting functions’ which either support or constrain these actors and processes. Particular emphasis is placed on analysing constraints to the effective provision of inputs and training. Recommendations are given for programme and policy interventions that could be carried out to overcome key constraints and promote growth and decent work in the sector.