Many enterprises in the garment sector have had to lay off workers because of plummeting retail sales in key export markets like Europe and the Americas. A second lockdown with closed retail shops is the biggest fear in Asia.
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Indonesia is expecting to draw in "sizable" investment in Industry 4.0 sectors such as AI, machine learning and robotics. But huge challenges remain.
Bangladesh's garment manufacturers and workers are suffering as the coronavirus pandemic has soured long-term demand and big fashion brands continue to cancel orders.
Over the past five decades, Bangladesh has transformed itself from being an economic "basket case" to one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Asia's textile manufacturers has been unprecedented. Plummeting sales, closed factories and lower wages are just some of the problems according to a new ILO report.
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