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BKMEA stresses inclusive policy for knit sector dev

Published in the The Financial Express on October 6, 2017 FE Report An inclusive and equality-based based policy is essential for the further development of the country’s knitwear sector, BKMEA leaders said Friday. They also said dialogue with all stakeholders of the sector is crucial to identifying and providing solution to the challenges. Leaders of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) ...

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Are the criteria for becoming a desirable manufacturing location changing?

Published on the World Bank website STORY HIGHLIGHTS New technology, including advanced robotics, industrial automation, and 3-D printing, are changing the landscape of global manufacturing. Developing countries’ traditional path to development, often driven by manufacturing, may be at risk because the criteria for becoming an attractive production location are changing. Although there are challenges, opportunities remain for developing countries, as ...

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Does industrial policy matter for growth, jobs and development?

Published in the ILO Building on a description and assessment of the contributions of different economic traditions (neoclassical, structural, institutional and evolutionary) to the analysis of policies in support of structural transformation and the generation of productive jobs, this book argues that industrial policy goes beyond targeting preferred economic activities, sectors and technologies. It also includes the challenge of accelerating ...

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What contributes to Vietnam’s continued strong apparel export growth?

While many apparel exporting countries are struggling with the export performance, Vietnam is different. Strong growth is recorded for Vietnam’s textile and clothing industry in the last couple of years. The first eight months of 2017 saw strong growth of Vietnam’s main exports. Exports of phones and components were up 14.8 per cent, garments were up 7.2 per cent, footwear ...

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Delivering change through monitoring and organised data

For organisational success, change is inevitable, which requires improved monitoring and evaluation system in management, as well as updated database in order to uplift the growth-based prospect. The readymade garments (RMG) is viewed as one of the growing industries in Bangladesh. Theory of change in respect of monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), and the need for database improvement in ...

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Weak minimum wage compliance in Asia’s garment industry

Published on the ILO website Minimum wages can be an important part of the policy toolkit to meet the needs of workers and their families. However, minimum wages do not adequately fulfil this role if non-compliance is widespread. This research note shows that a large proportion of workers in the garment, footwear, and textiles sector1 in seven garment-exporting countries in ...

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What the stakeholders think about Accord extension?

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Companies and global unions have agreed on a 2nd Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (“Accord”). The agreement will enter into effect when the current Accord expires in May 2018. According to press release of Accord, several companies have now signed the renewed agreement with IndustriALL Global Union and UNI Global Union. Many more companies are expected to ...

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What’s on the agenda at the 5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network?

Published on the ILO website The 5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network will gather leading academics at the Headquarters of the ILO, from 3 to 5 of July 2017, to discuss key dimensions of the future of work, with a focus on identifying potential policy and regulatory responses. The organizing committee selected 200 papers to be presented ...

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BGMEA opposes Accord’s time extension

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) leaders have opposed the time extension of the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety by three more years. They said that they believe factory remediation work will be completed within the current tenure. “We don’t accept the new agreement. It is a unilateral decision by the Accord,”  BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman, said ...

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Bangladesh among top 10 worst countries in ITUC Global Rights Index 2017

Bangladesh is among the top 10 worst countries in the world for workers, the ITUC Global Rights Index 2017 report said. “At least 35 union leaders and workers’ rights advocates were detained in the weeks (December, 2016) following the strike and criminal complaints were filed against over 1,000 workers. By early January 2017, more than 1,600 workers had been suspended,” ...

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