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GENEVA – Collapsing consumer demand in the West, government lockdown measures and disruptions to raw material imports are hammering garment factories in the Asia Pacific, says a new ILO report. The ILO assessed the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on supply chains, factories and workers in ten major garment-producing countries in the region: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

They calculate that major buying countries’ imports from garment-exporting countries in Asia dropped by up to 70 per cent in the first half of 2020 – a fall which is without historical precedent.

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