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Myanmar’s garment sector will struggle to endure

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Subject

Myanmar's garment industry.

Significance

A strike at a Chinese-owned garment factory that began in August has just been resolved. In early October, the EU said it was considering withdrawing Myanmar’s generalised scheme of preferences (GSP) tariff status in response to the country’s human rights record in ethnic minority areas.

Impacts

  • Garment workers could be prompted to seek illegal migration to neighbouring countries such as Thailand in search of employment.
  • The National League for Democracy, which controls the civilian portion of the government, will lose support ahead of the 2020 elections.
  • The military is likely to be hit by more US sanctions over the Rohingya crisis.
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