SMART Myanmar

SMART Myanmar - SMEs for Environmental Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency

As US and EU lift economic sanctions against Myanmar, the export annual volume including textiles is expected to grow. SMART Myanmar actively promotes and supports the sustainable production of garments "made in Myanmar" striving to increase the international competitiveness of SMEs in this sector. Working closely with companies and business support organizations located in Myanmar, the project aims to build capacity and increase skills and knowledge in local partner organizations, facilitating the development of marketing and export strategies for the garment sector. The project will make an important contribution to shaping Myanmar's sustainable economic development.

The Objectives

The project aims at increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in the garment sector and set preconditions for replication towards other sectors. Specifically, it aims at Improving production and consumption of sustainably manufactured garment from Myanmar.

The way forward:

  • Conducting various trainings to strengthen the organisational capacity of the BMOs
  • Identifying the most important stakeholders and inviting them for study tour to Europe, where they will receive two-day training workshop on SCP practices
  • Organizing session with local banks on green financing instruments
  • Arranging two multi-stakeholder meetings organized for the sensitization of policy makers on SCP issues
  • Engaging in public-private dialogue in the realm of vocational education and training, in particular for further education
  • Identifying of showcase companies and benchmarking for best in class companies.


Duration: 1/2013 - 12/2015

Total budget: EUR 1,996,942.07 (EU Contribution: 90%)


Simone Lehmann
Project Manager
sequa gGmbH
Alexanderstrasse 10
D-53111 Bonn Germany

sequa gGmbH sequa gGmbH
sequa is the lead applicant of this project. It is responsible for the overall coordination and the implementation of project activities.
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry LBG (SCCI) Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry LBG (SCCI)
SCCI provides technical as- sistance with a focus on BMO capacity building, training of SCP consultants and SME audits.
Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (CGTFI) Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (CGTFI)
CGTFI provides technical assistance with a focus on matchmaking, organisation and implementation of study tour on SCP to Germany, training on business advocacy for BMOs, development of Code of Conduct for the garment industry.
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar Business (UMFCCI) Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar Business (UMFCCI)
UMFCCI provides local coordination and implementation of project activities with a focus on SCP awareness campaigns, membership survey, SCP advocacy, public private dialogues, stakeholder meetings.
Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA)
MGMA contributes as local coordination and implementa- tion of project activities regarding the garment sector.
Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
ADFIAP provides technical assis- tance with a focus on SCP aware- ness raising, (green) finance and development of incentive schemes on green financing.
SMART Myanmar Impact Sheet SMART Myanmar Impact Sheet
This final publication the SMART Myanmar project provides information about the project's economic, environmental and social impacts, it's target groups and policy development. The project finished in December 2015.

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Fact and Contact Sheet 2014

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Companies visit to Myanmar - Unternehmer-Reise nach Myanmar

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2014 in review

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Catalogue on how to improve production

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Garment factories improvement programme

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