January 19, 2016

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The second phase of the SMART Myanmar project launched with a kick-off event on the 19th of January 2016 in Yangon. More than 150 participants from industry, government and civic society listened to speeches by the Ambassador of the European Union to Myanmar, Mr. Roland Kobia, the Director General U Win Shein from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security’s Factory Inspections Department and the partners to the SMART Myanmar project.

SMART Myanmar is a €2.8 million EU project, funded under the SWITCH Asia programme and focused on making social and environmental improvements in Myanmar’s garment industry. From 2013-2015 the project engaged with dozens of local garment factories and their workers on compliance issues and providing technical support and capacity building. The project also assisted in boosting the capacity of business associations, helping the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association develop its staff capacity and draft a first-ever Code of Conduct for its members. Building on the successful implementation of activities during the first three years, SMART Myanmar has now entered a new 4-year project phase. The project will up-scale some of the previous activities but also expand into new areas, such as factory assistance on human resources management, access to green finance and sustainable procurement practices in Myanmar.

The project consortium is led by the German development organisation sequa and includes as project partners MADE-BY, the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and the Foreign Trade Association of German Retail Trade (AVE). Project associates are the GIZ, CBI, H&M and Lindex.

The main role of MADE-BY in this project involves setting up a supplier scorecard and sustainability performance system, building capacity on wet processing and environmental practices, supporting consumer engagement on an international scale as well as establishing sustainable public procurement within Myanmar.

For more information please visit: smartmyanmar.org

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