Apparel brands, buyers urged to support factories

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assures her government’s support to make the apparel sector safe and sustainable

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the apparel brands and buyers operating in Bangladesh to support the factories for improving their working condition.

“Overhauling of the factories requires huge funds,” she said, inviting assistance for the factory owners.

The Prime Minister also assured the government’s support to develop a safe and sustainable readymade garments sector while inaugurating the Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017 at a hotel in Dhaka today (25 February 2017), according to reports by news services.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in collaboration with Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) organised the event, aimed at opening dialogue on framing strategies to achieve the target of earning US$50 billion from the RMG sector by 2021.

Sheikh Hasina said BGMEA, the government, domestic and international organisations and development partners were working together to develop the sector, which has by now become a role model in the world.

“We’ve been working to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021. The RMG sector can play a vital role to achieve the goal.”

To improve the working atmosphere, she said, a number of measures have been taken at the international level to make the RMG sector safe, including inspection conducted on 3,869 factories.

“Faults have been found in only 39 factories and those were shut down, and the remaining factories are being renovated to improve their safety condition,” she said.

The Prime Minister also asked all concerned to expand Bangladesh’s export market with diversified products and thus boost export earnings.

She urged the exporters to take necessary initiatives as the government was ready to extend all-out support to boost the export. “We’ve to work on how to increase our share in the world market. We’ve to formulate short-, medium- and long-term plans in this regard.”

The inaugural session was addressed, among others, by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Labour and Employment Ministry Mujibur Huq, the EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon, BGMEA President Siddiqu Rahman and BGMEA First Vice President Mainuddin Ahmed.

The Dhaka Apparel Summit is a prime event on textile and apparel industry in Bangladesh that brings together some of the world’s leading experts in their respective fields to share their experiences and visionary thoughts on issues pertaining to the apparel industry and ways in which the business can realize sustainable growth well into the 21st Century.

It will feature three panel discussion sessions, offering an open and inter-active environment, and allowing full audience participation and the opportunity for a valid exchange of ideas.

The seminars will be attended by representatives of the government, international organisations, economists, brand representatives, development organisations, employers, workers’ representatives, civil society members, academics, and media from home and abroad.

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