The European Union's (EU) apparel imports from Bangladesh saw the highest growth among all the top exporter countries during January-August this year, Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, said. During the first eight months of 2022, the EU imported clothing worth $67.18 billion from around the world, including $15.37 billion from Bangladesh. Read more: BGMEA wants increased police vigilance to stop RMG goods theft during transportation Bangladesh remained the second largest apparel import source for Europe with a 22.89 percent share of the EU's total apparel import. The EU's apparel import from Bangladesh increased by 45.26 percent during the first eight months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. China, the top apparel import source for the EU, had 28.06 percent share, registering 26.59 percent year-on-year growth. The EU's apparel imports from the country reached $18.85 billion in January-August this year. "While China had the larger share of the EU's total apparel import, Bangladesh saw better export growth than it," Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Director Md Mohiuddin Rubel said. Turkey, the third largest source for the EU, posted 20.38 percent growth during the same period. The EU's imports from the country grew by 16.97 percent. Also, the EU imported apparel worth $3.56 billion from India. The EU's imports from the country grew by 28.85 percent compared to the previous year. Other top countries having high growth were Cambodia 42.21 percent, Pakistan 31.34 percent, and Indonesia 35.41 percent. Read more: Initiatives taken to establish fair price shops for RMG workers "Bangladesh's apparel has always done well in the European market. So far the import figure of the EU indicates a good position for Bangladesh's apparel in the market. Numbers from January to August indicate that the EU's imports from Bangladesh will maintain a positive trend till September," Rubel said. "However, it may slow down afterwards as retail sales are already affected by geopolitical tension, global economic turmoil and buyers being cautious about overstock and current production."
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the Customs Bond Commissionerate (CBC) to provide faster and more simplified services to the RMG industry. The trade association also called for removing complexities in the process of including description of raw materials and other related materials with their HS code in bond licences. Read more: BGMEA urges BEZA to speed up garment village construction at Mirsarai BGMEA President Faruque Hassan made the request during his meeting with CBC Commissioner (Dhaka South) Mohammad Ahsanul Haque, and CBC Commissioner (Dhaka North) Md. Azizur Rahman at the CBC office in Dhaka on Monday. BGMEA Vice President Shahidullah Azim was also present at the meeting. The BGMEA leaders apprised the CBC commissioners of the problems being faced by the RMG factories with regard to customs bond related services. They sought cooperation of CBC to remove all obstacles in the customs bond related issues. Faruque Hassan said the RMG industry aims to increase its global market share in the coming days. The sector needs faster services to reduce lead time and the cost incurred due to delayed services, he said. Read more: BGMEA wants increased police vigilance to stop RMG goods theft during transportation In order to seize the opportunities that lie ahead of the RMG industry, business procedures, especially customs and bond related ones should be made more simplified and quicker, Faruque Hassan added. The two commissioners listened to the BGMEA leaders and assured of their cooperation address the issues raised in the meeting.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) to speed up construction of the garment village at Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagar in Mirsarai, Chattogram to make it operational for industries in the shortest possible time. If the industrial plots get ready, apparel factories would be able to go into operation and create employment opportunities for a huge number of people while bringing foreign exchange as export earnings, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said during a meeting with BEZA at its office in Dhaka Monday (November 28, 2022). Read more: BGMEA wants increased police vigilance to stop RMG goods theft during transportation Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman were present as chief guest at the meeting chaired by BEZA Executive Chairman Shaikh Yusuf Harun. Former BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman; BGMEA vice-presidents Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Md Nasir Uddin, and Director Md M Mohiuddin Chowdhury were also present at the meeting. Faruque said completion of the industrial site would help RMG exporters to set up factories and thus contribute to propelling the industrial growth in Bangladesh. Read More: BGMEA for ensuring workers' health, well-being for improving productivity
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the Customs Bond Commissionerate (CBC) to provide faster and more simplified services to the apparel industry. The trade association also called for removing complexities in the inclusion of descriptions of raw materials and other related materials with their harmonised system codes in bond licences. BGMEA President Faruque Hassan made the request during his meeting with CBC Commissioner (Dhaka South) Mohammad Ahsanul Haque, and CBC Commissioner (Dhaka North) Md Azizur Rahman in Dhaka Monday. BGMEA Vice-President Shahidullah Azim was also present at the meeting. The BGMEA leaders informed the CBC commissioners about the problems faced by the readymade garments (RMG) factories regarding customs bond-related services. Read more: Can’t control global economy, but want to boost exports: BGMEA president They sought cooperation from CBC to remove all obstacles in the customs bond-related issues. Faruque said the RMG industry aims to increase its global market share in the coming days. "The sector needs faster services to reduce lead time and the cost incurred due to delayed services." To seize the opportunities that lie ahead of the RMG industry, business procedures, especially customs and bond-related ones, should be made more simplified and quicker, he added. The two commissioners assured the BGMEA leaders of their cooperation. Read more: BGMEA wants increased police vigilance to stop RMG goods theft during transportation
Law enforcement agencies need to increase vigilance on the highways to prevent the theft of RMG export goods, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has said. BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said: "The RMG industry of Bangladesh has earned a global reputation as the safest and greenest industry in the world, and it's an achievement that we all have to retain." Read: Bangladesh RMG industry emphasizes technologies to enhance competitiveness, transparency: BGMEA chief Leaders of BGMEA and the Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association have underscored the need for concerted efforts of exporters, transport owners, police administration and other parties to prevent theft of apparel goods during transportation. The call came from a meeting held between the two associations in Dhaka Monday. BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, Vice-President Md Shahidullah Azim; Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association President Tofazzal Hossain Majumder, Executive President Syed Md Bakhtiar, and General Secretary Rustom Ali Khan were present at the meeting. They sat together to discuss measures and ways to stop readymade garments (RMG) export goods theft on the Dhaka-Chattagram highway. Read: BGMEA chief stresses nutritious diet for workers’ health, productivity Apart from financial losses, stealing incidents put exporters in an embarrassing situation when such cases are detected after products reach buyers, the associations said. Also, they urged all garment factories to keep the photos of drivers, helpers and travel documents, including licences of trucks and covered vans as a precautionary measure. The BGMEA leaders urged the Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association to ensure that a GPS tracker is installed in all goods-laden cargo vans to stop stealing during transportation.
Bangladesh RMG industry emphasizes technologies to enhance competitiveness, transparency: BGMEA chief
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan on Sunday said Bangladesh’s RMG industry is increasingly putting emphasis on technological upgradation ranging from the manufacturing process to design development, productivity improvement, environmental sustainability, resource efficiency, quality enhancement to workers’ well-being. “We are getting prepared to meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, " he said. The BGMEA chief said, "By embracing technological advances and developing the skills of workers, we aim to turn the challenges into opportunities as technological upgradation will contribute to enhancing our industry’s competitiveness in the coming days.” Read more: Bangladesh preferred apparel sourcing destination globally for world-class safety: BGMEA Kris Van Broekhoven, CEO of UK company -- ES3G Limited and Munawar Uddin, Bangladesh Country Manager on Sunday met BGMEA President Faruque Hassan at BGMEA Complex in Dhaka. They discussed issues related to technological advances that have been shaping the fashion industry globally, especially how technology can help Bangladeshi garment factories to showcase their human rights credentials internationally. Their discussion also covered ES3G’s technology that is already being deployed across garment factories in Bangladesh, bringing a new level of transparency to the industry. Chair of BGMEA standing committee on press, publication and publicity Shovon Islam was also present at the meeting. Kris Van Broekhoven, ES3G CEO said they are delighted that the BGMEA is keen support new technologies that increase transparency in worker rights. Read more: BGMEA for ensuring workers' health, well-being for improving productivity "Bangladesh has led the way with the Alliance, Accord and other initiatives, bringing a lot of investment in ESG to Bangladesh, which has the highest number of green garment factories in the world. With BGMEA’s help, our technology can support increased transparency and better communication of worker treatment to retail buyers and brands and their own customers online and in-store.”
Bangladesh is a preferred destination of apparel sourcing among global buyers for its world-class workplace safety and environmental sustainability, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has said. The exemplary strides made by the RMG industry of Bangladesh in workplace safety, sustainability and ensuring workers' well-being have boosted the confidence of brands and buyers, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 8th International Fire, Safety and Security Expo 2022 organised by the Electronics Safety and Security Association of Bangladesh (ESSAB) at Bashundhara International Convention Center in Dhaka Thursday. Read: BGMEA for ensuring workers' health, well-being for improving productivity Planning Minister MA Mannan attended the inaugural ceremony as chief guest. Faruque said: "To create awareness and culture of safety among the workers and employees, several training programmes on occupational safety and health and social dialogue and industrial relations were taken by the government of Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization, associations, brands and factories." Read: BGMEA chief stresses nutritious diet for workers’ health, productivity "As a result of all these initiatives and efforts, Bangladesh is today globally recognised as one of the safest apparel manufacturing countries. Also, to carry forward the progress made by the unilateral safety regimes and to establish national self-monitoring, the RMG Sustainability Council has been established." Md Jasim Uddin, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Brigadier General Md Main Uddin, director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence, and Zahir Uddin Babar, president of ESSAB, also spoke at the event.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan on Tuesday underscored the need for comprehensive efforts and mass awareness to improve nutritional status of garment workers who are the driving force behind the RMG industry in Bangladesh. “Inadequate nutrition, particularly among women, is one of the main reasons for worker inefficiency. Workers will be able to maintain good health and the energy to be as productive as the job required if nutritious and safe foods are ensured for them,” he said. Faruque Hassan made the observations while speaking at a program organized by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Auchan Foundation in Dhaka. Read more: BGMEA chief for intensifying collaboration with S Africa to reap mutual benefits Besides, not always the RMG workers have proper knowledge of which foods are good in terms of nutritional value, so awareness should be raised among them about nutritious foods and their benefits, he added. “In addition to law mandatory CSR activities, many RMG factories in Bangladesh are taking praiseworthy initiatives for workers to ensure their well-being,” Faruque said in his speech. One of such initiatives is fair price shop where daily commodities are sold at affordable prices, he said, adding that if workers could be made aware and encouraged to buy foods having nutritional value would be health beneficial for them. Read more: Technological innovations crucial for competitiveness, sustainability of Bangladesh's industrialisation: BGMEA Apart from initiatives of individual factories, a comprehensive approach needs to be taken by all the stakeholders of the garment sector for ensuring the proper nutrition of garment workers at affordable prices, Faruque remarked. Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi, Secretary, Ministry of Labor and Employee; Khaled Mamun Chowdhury, ndc, Director General, Department of Labour; Mohammad Hatem, Executive President, BKMEA; Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President (Finance), BGMEA; Ms. Juliette Bataille, Project Manager, Auchan Foundation; Alain Reners, General Delegate, Auchan Foundation; and Dr. Rudaba Khondorker, Country Director, GAIN also spoke at the event.
A total of 3,428 workers employed in the 100% export-oriented garment industry, will receive their share of total pot of Tk 21.65 crore from a central fund formed under the Ministry of Labor and Employment. The purpose of the fund is to compensate families of who died during their job, medical treatment to injured workers, and to reward meritorious children of apparel workers. Read more: Bangladesh, India don’t compete with each other in garment sector, says BGMEA President The list and funds were approved in the 18th board meeting of the Central Fund held this afternoon in the conference room of the ministry, chaired by State Minister Monnujan Sufian. Among those listed for assistance, 495 workers of BGMEA and 241 workers of BKMEA will be given the assistance of Tk 14,66,50,000 due to death and permanent disability while 2040 workers of BGMEA and BKMEA will be given medical assistance of Tk 5,68,16,000. Besides, Tk 1,30,40,000 taka will be given as educational assistance to 652 meritorious children of workers. Read more: Bangladesh now has 176 green garment factories – highest in the world According to the Bangladesh Labor Act, 0.03 percent of the value of exported goods is directly deposited into the Central Fund through Bangladesh Bank. Among others, Md Ehsan Elahi, secretary of the ministry, Md Nasir Uddin Ahmed, inspector general of the department of inspection of factories and institutions, Molla Jalal Uddin, director general of the central fund, Mohammad Hatem, Executive President of BKMEA, were present at the meeting.
The Textile Technology Business Center (TTBC), a one-stop resource centre and knowledge hub for the textile industry, was inaugurated at BGMEA Complex in Dhaka Sunday. TTBC has been established to address the critical need for a credible knowledge centre for the textile industry in association with the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Partnership for Cleaner Textile programme, supported by Denmark and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bangladesh. Read: Netherlands, BGMEA discuss more collaboration in RMG Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan, Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh Anne van Leeuwen, Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Winne Estrup Petersen, and IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal Martin Holtmann inaugurated TTBC at the Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and Occupational Safety and Health (CEOSH). There is a need for reliable information on resource efficiency technologies and technology suppliers to increase the competitiveness of the textile sector in Bangladesh, and to transition towards complex manufacturing from the current business model which relies heavily on basic cotton items. TTBC wants to serve as a "dedicated platform for knowledge exchange, access to specialised information on resource efficiency, and business-to-business linkages with local and international technology suppliers for the textile industry," BGMEA said. Read: Two new RMG factories under BGMEA now green certified Faruque said: "Bangladesh is strongly focusing on moving beyond basic items with high-value products while placing utmost importance on sustainability and innovation to maintain sustainable growth of the RMG industry." Since sustainability can help the industry going forward, the Textile Technology Business Center as a knowledge hub for the industry will play a crucial role in this transformation, he added. Anne van Leeuwen lauded the resilience of the RMG industry and stressed the importance of innovative endeavours such as the TTBC which will "contribute to making the industry competitive and sustainable in the post-LDC era." Winne Estrup Petersen said sustainability must be in the DNA of any successful business and highlighted the role the public sector can play in the transformation from aid dependency to increasing trade. Martin Holtmann highlighted the importance of producing high-value products for the sustained competitiveness of the RMG industry.