A garment factory was officially opened in Sittway yesterday that will create up to 80 jobs for local women and hopefully fuel the development of Rakhine State.
The opening ceremony of the Khaing Pyi Soe garment factory was held at the frontage of the factory in Sat Yoe Kya Ward, Sittway yesterday morning.
In the ceremony, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, State High Court Chief Judge U Kyauk, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung and state ministers, departmental staff, town elders, representatives from social organizations and invited guests attended.
Rakhine State Social Affairs Minister Dr Chan Tha, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Soe and Daw Saw Theingi Tun, Managing Director of GLORIOUS SAW Co. opened the garment factory by cutting a ribbon. Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu then unveiled the signboard of the factory by pressing a button.
This is the second garment factory to be opened in Sittway in recent months.
The Rakhine State Chief Minister said that youths in Rakhine State, including Sittway, will gain more job opportunities as a result of the factory’s opening. If job opportunities will be developed in the State, the State’s development will increase year by year. The Rakhine State government will work to develop industries and factories more and more, he said.
Afterwards, the Managing Director of Glorious Saw Co. spoke briefly about the workings of the new garment factory.
Then, the State Chief Minister, the Deputy Minister, State ministers and attendees toured the factory.
The managing director of the new factory said the State’s help is essential in helping to spur manufacturing in the region.
“The garment factory was opened for young women in Rakhine State to get more jobs and to develop the state. It aims for Rakhine women to get jobs. But it is impossible to do on my own only. It requires assistance and encouragement of the State government.” said Daw Saw Theingi Tun, the managing director.
“I will meet women in relief camps and share knowledge. As I’m a designer, I will impart to them my skills. When they finish the course, outstanding ladies will get a sewing machine free of charge. For others who want to work in the factory, I will manage for them to get a job with a salary.”
For the workers, being able to work close to home has made life easier.
“Before, I have worked at a factory in South Dagon, Yangon Region where I got good salary. But it is more convenient working in my own region and living together with my family. Now, people who were working at factories in Yangon came and worked in this factory. There are two factories in Sittway, yet. The state government should perform to open more garment factories in Rakhine State like that. I also would like to inform young men and women who are working in more developed parts of the country that factories and industries had been opened in Rakhine State,” said Ma Tan Soe, who is working at the factory from Pauktaw village, Kyauktaw Township.
The Khaing Pyi Soe garment factory is the second factory in Sittway and will appoint up to 80 employees.
Tin Tun, Win Min Soe (IPRD)