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Free of sanctions, Myanmar's garment industry still fighting its reputation

YANGON -- Myanmar's once-thriving garment manufacturing sector is steadily recovering from years of damaging international sanctions. But it is still far from meeting expectations of a rapid resurgence -- due partly to lingering fears among international apparel buyers of reputational risk.

Myanmar women sew garments at a factory in northern Yangon's Shwepyitha township. (Photo by Simon Lewis)

     Since the reformist government of President Thein Sein came to power in 2011, the U.S. and the European Union have lifted or suspended sanctions that had significantly stalled the industry.

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