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SWITCH-Asia Thematic Regional Roundtable & Networking Event
in association with ILO Myanmar Liaison Office
“Sustainable development of Asia’s
garment and textile industry”
30 – 31 March, 2015
BEST WESTERN Green Hill Hotel, No.12, Pho Sein Road, Tamwe Township
DAY 1 - Monday, March 30
8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening session
1. Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet – President’s economic advisor
2. H.E. U Aye Myint - Minister of Labour
3. Dr Pwint San - Deputy Minister of Commerce
4. Roland Kobia - EU Ambassador to Myanmar
5. Mrs. Michal Strahilevitz Ben-Eliezer - Chief Technical Advisor, Responsible
Business Programme, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
6. U Myint Soe – Chairman, Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA)
7. Dr. Uwe Weber - Team Leader, SWITCH-Asia Network Facility
10:15 Coffee & networking break with group photo
10:45 Keynotes
1. “Sustainable production and consumption of the garment industry and the socioeconomic development of Myanmar and other Asian countries” by Prof. Dr. Aung
Tun Thet, President’s economic advisor
2. “EU’s plans related to sustainable textile and garments” by Alina Neacsu, EU
DevCo Officer
11:30 Session 1: “Sustainable Textile Handicrafts”
SWITCH-Asia projects presentations:
1. “Hand-woven eco-textiles” (Indonesia & Philippines)
2. “Eco-jute” (India & Bangladesh)
Q&A session
12:15 Lunch break
13:00 Session 2: “Sustainability, productivity and factory issues in garment
manufacturing targeting Asian and European markets”
- Presentation on “Business Case for Decent jobs and Productivity and Efficiency
Improvement” by Tara Rangarajan, Global Operations Manager, Better Work
- Panel discussion with:
a) Tara Rangarajan, Global Operations Manager, Better Work
b) U Kyaw Kyaw Tun, Assistant Director, Factories General Labour Laws
Inspection Department (FGLLID)
c) Christopher Land-Kazlauskas, Chief Technical Advisor, ILO
d) U Myint Soe, Chairman, MGMA
e) Simone Lehmann, Project Manager, SMART-Myanmar
f) U Aung Lin, Chairman, Mynmar Trade Unions Federation (MTUF)
Q&A session
14:15 Session 3: “Sustainable Textile Handicrafts”
SWITCH-Asia projects presentations:
1. “Going green” (India)
2. “Sustex” (India)
3. “Jute diversified products” (Bangladesh)
Q&A session
15:15 Coffee & networking break
15:35 Session 4: “Supply Chain Management for Sustainability”
SWITCH-Asia project presentations:
1. “Re-tie” (Bangladesh)
1. “Pro sustain” (India)
2. “CSR Vietnam” (Vietnam)
3. “SPRING” (Pakistan)
Q&A session
17:00 Summary of Day One and outlook into Day Two
19:00 Networking dinner
DAY 2 – Tuesday, March 31
8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening
09:10 Keynotes
1. “Regional strategies and changing dynamics to sustainably develop garment
production” by David Birnbaum, Third Horizon
2. “Market pull and push mechanisms between Europe and Asia” by Dr. Christina
10:00 Session 5: “Sustainable consumption and production in the garment and
textile industry” - SWITCH-Asia project presentations:
1. “SMART Myanmar” (Myanmar)
2. “SPIN VCL” (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)
Q&A Session
11:00 Coffee and networking break
11:15 Session 6: “Sustainability of textile and garment industry beyond SCP and
maintaining competitiveness within and across regions”
- Opening presentation by Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President, Business for Social
Responsibility (BSR)
- Panel discussion with:
a) Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President, BSR
b) David Birnbaum, Third Horizon
c) Tara Rangarajan, Global Operations Manager, Better Work
d) Daw Khine Khine Nwe, Secretary General, MGMA
e) U Maung Maung, President, Confederation of Trade Unione of Myanmar (CTUM)
f) Christine Gent, Executive Director, World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO-Asia)
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Interactive Session: “SWITCH-Asia projects’ approaches in addressing
cross-cutting issues such as CSR, poverty reduction and gender” (facilitated by
SWITCH-Asia and ILO)
(on-going free flow of coffee and tea)
16:00 Group presentations, discussions and conclusions from the interactive session
17:00 Conclusion of the Regional Roundtable