with contributions from Dene-Hern Chen
 on August 28, 2014

The United States and Myanmar have reached agreement on two key initiatives concerning labor rights and sustainable energy that could help lift the Asian country into being a serious player in global apparel sourcing.

The action came as U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the first visit of a USTR to Myanmar, in conjunction with an ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting. The countries issued a joint statement Thursday saying they have agreed to “a consultative process that is intended to culminate in the development, by the time of the ASEAN Leaders meeting in November…of a new Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar.

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