AVE is active in Myanmar in two projects and has been helping to make the garment sector attractive and sustainable for several years.
The KVP partnership between AVE and the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) is a good example of how German business organisations and development cooperation can work together to improve social standards in the supply chain.
MGMA is supported for creation of important structure which enable sustainable garment production through a long-term expert seconded by AVE and numerous short-term deployments on technical experts (e.g. from BSCI). Work focuses partly on activities designed to strengthen MGMA’s capacities. But, first and foremost, it supports textile producers seeking to improve their social standards while also making progress on productivity and product quality.
„Though we have a code of conduct, we also need to respect buyers’ demand as well as to compete with global markets. AVE, is our valued partner to support the Myanmar RGM industry to become aware of these requirements and to find ways to practice responsible business.”
Daw Khine Khine Nwe
General Secretary Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA)
As part of the ongoing project in Myanmar, the AVE has welcomed 14 Burmese clothing manufacturers for a study trip from October 7th to 13th . The delegation consisted of managing directors of large textile factories who already have export experience. In Hamburg and the Rhineland, attendees took part in meetings with brand and retail companies to discuss the requirements and demands of German and the opportunities of the Burmese market. It also provided an insight into the different requirements in terms of quality, but also environmental and social standards.
Subsequently, the delegation took part in various political meetings in Berlin. In addition to a parliamentary breakfast with the Burmese ambassador and political representatives, where the focus was on sustainable textile production in Myanmar, there were meetings with representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Alliance for sustainable textiles, the German Trade Union Confederation and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (giz).
In July 2020 AVE started its first project in Tunisia. The aim is to strengthen the Tunisian textile, but also leather and shoe associations (FTTH and FNCC) and to support them in expanding their service offer according to their requirements. To accomplish this, activities are planned in the following three core areas:
1.Strengthening of associations
- Organisational analysis of the associations and recommendations for measures to strengthen the associations
- Training measures in the area of association organization
2. Market analysis of the leather and textile manufacturing sectors
- Market analyses of the clothing sector (textile and leather) in Tunisia and their global positioning
3. Export promotion
- Support and assistance with the preparation and implementation of trade fair visits and the presentation of own trade fair booths ("Made in Tunisia")
The project is initially scheduled to be carried out for 12 months and is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Ethiopia is becoming increasingly important as a country which produces and supplies textile and leather products. Nevertheless, brants companies and retailers do not have access to market information or business contacts in the up-and-coming supplier country. AVE has therefore established the Textile Help Desk Ethiopia jointly with two cooperation partners.
With Textile Help Desk Ethiopia, we enable all interested companies to gain rapid and uncomplicated access to the country. Alongside up-to-date market information, Help Desk can also set up direct business contacts with Ethiopia.
“Ethiopia has the opportunity to establish itself as a new international centre of the garment and footwear industry in the years ahead.”
Head Foreign Trade and Sustainability