Chamber and Association Partnership Project (KVP) between the Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE) and the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA)


Creating sustainable production conditions in the Myanmar textile and clothing industry.

The aim of the CIP project between AVE and the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) is to strengthen the organizational structure and performance of the association and to support the local garment industry in the medium to long term create sustainable production and working conditions that are indispensable today for being competitive in the global procurement market.

Short description

For over 15 years, the AVE has been working with its members to improve and comply with social standards in the international supply chain, and since December 2015 also within the framework of a Chamber and Association Partnership (CIP) in Myanmar.

The AVE supports the MGMA through a seconded long-term expert (International Expert – IE), through numerous short-term assignments of subject matter experts and through training measures. The main focus of the project is on activities in the areas of organizational development, capacity building of MGMA employees and volunteers, the further development of service offerings, the training and further education of technical instructors as well as awareness raising and further education on the topics “sustainable production and social standards” and “Auditing”.


  • Management and organizational structures of MGMA have been developed and strengthened. The communication and cooperation with the MGMA Board has improved noticeably. The assessment regarding the training requirements for MGMA employees was successfully completed; Further training in 3 training measures (Office Management, Report Writing, English Training). In a strategy workshop for the presidium of the association, not only “mission statements” and values ​​were agreed, but also short to medium-term goals for the professionalization of the association.
  • The services offered to support the clothing sector in introducing social standards will be used. A baseline study on the situation of social standards in Myanmar and the application of SCP (Sustainable Consumption and Production) was successfully conducted following a survey of 38 MGMA member companies. An analysis of the training needs has been prepared and corresponding training measures have been carried out: two seminars on “Ensuring social standards in the textile supply chain” and “Using social management systems”, as well as a seminar on reducing absenteeism and turnover.
  • Education / training and advisory services to increase productivity and product quality for workers, supervisors and management are actively used by apparel producers.

Chamber and Association Partnership Project (KVP) between the Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE) and the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA)

Country / Region:
Myanmar / Yangon

Project running time:
2015 – 2018

Project partners:
Foreign Trade Association of German Retailers (AVE) with the support of sequa gGmbH and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Christiane Schulz


Textile Factory, Myanmar

Textile Factory, Myanmar

As of: March 2018