SMART staff speak at 5th Annual Myanmar Garment Exhibition, organize business networking event

On Saturday, June 25th SMART Myanmar’s Team Leader, Jacob Clere and SMART technical experts May Mi Kyaw (social compliance) and Zayar Oo (production efficiency) presented at the 5th Annual Myanmar Textile and Garment Exhibition about the project’s technical consultancy services.

SMART social compliance expert May Mi Kyaw speaking at the exhibition.
SMART social compliance expert May Mi Kyaw speaking at the exhibition.

The audience consisted of about one dozen visiting factories. This was the first ever topical seminar conducted at this annual industry exhibition. SMART Myanmar also organized and facilitated a 2nd seminar given by Roshan Ranawake from Control Union on environmental standards and certifications.

Later that evening, SMART Myanmar’s local partner, the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association, hosted their 2nd Annual Monsoon Meet-up event. This evening business networking event built upon the success of last year’s initial Monsoon Meet-up. Approximately 190 guests attended from across the industry – factories, service providers, suppliers and fashion retailers.

One of SMART Myanmar’s project objectives is to increase the capacity of the MGMA. This involves a combination of professional staff development, increased services delivery and enhanced capacity to positively impact sustainable consumption and production in Myanmar. Business networking events, business matchmaking services, association research capacity, policy advocacy and advisory support for factories on social compliance and environmental sustainability are all outcomes of SMART Myanmar’s ongoing partnership with the MGMA.

Nearly 200 individuals from a wide variety of factories, buyer and service providers attended the MGMA's recent business networking event.
Nearly 200 individuals from a wide variety of factories, buyer and service providers attended the MGMA’s recent business networking event.