Myanmar eyes $2b garment export in FY16

Xinhua . Yangon

Myanmar is to expand its textile and garment industry under the country’s new national export strategy as a means to boost economic growth, with the sector’s export earning targeted at $2 billion for the 2015-16 fiscal year, official media reported Tuesday.
With foreign investment accounting for 90 per cent, the sector created 1,00,000 job opportunities in 2014-15, according to the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association.
The five-year national export strategy, which also covers six other sectors and is aimed at tackling trade deficit, focuses on rice, peas and pulses, fishery products, timber and forest products, rubber and tourism.
According to the Ministry of Commerce, the export income from the textile and garment sector made up 40 per cent of the country’s foreign exchange earning around the year 1990.
Official statistics show that foreign investment in the manufacturing sector reached $5.458 billion as of February this year since late 1988 when the country opened to foreign investors.
The manufacturing sector, which ranked the third in the foreign investment line-up after power and oil and gas, accounted for about 10 per cent of the total of $54.086 billion as of February this year.

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