The European Union-funded SMART Myanmar project has launched a six-month advanced chemical-management training programme for garment and textile factories. The training follows a curriculum developed by the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) project. PSES is a joint project of the Governments of Bangladesh and Germany, implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, which works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.

“GIZ has been immensely cooperative and practical,” said Jacob Clere, SMART Myanmar Team Leader. “They have provided us with expertise and knowledge resources which PSES developed over more than 10 years. With this programme, we aim to help Myanmar dodge the environmental destruction which so many of the world’s other garment and textile industries have faced.” SMART Myanmar is the largest not-for-profit technical-training initiative in Myanmar’s industrial sector. It has trained hundreds of managers and dozens of garment factories on various social and environmental topics. The Chemical Management and Detox programme is the newest addition to the project’s several on-site consultancy and training modules.