Research Brief

A COVID-19 retrospective: How is the garment sector in Asia rebuilding?

This Brief provides both an update of the quantitative impact of COVID-19 on Asia’s garment industry, and to bring new qualitative insights into how key industry stakeholders assessed the performance of the national and international pandemic responses in the garment industry.

Briefing note | 19 May 2023
This Research Brief is organized along four sections. Section 1 describes trends in garment employment during the pandemic overall and for different sub-groups of workers. It also discusses trends in wages and working hours in the sector. Section 2 presents industry reflections on governments’ responses to the pandemic, based on focus group discussions with key stakeholders of the sector. Section 3 summarizes the lessons learned. Section 4 concludes by offering some final reflections and policy recommendations.