Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan said, Bangladesh would be more attractive to international buyers as an apparel-sourcing destination in the coming days due to its ongoing efforts and initiatives to adapt to changing demand patterns in the global fashion market.
Faruque Hassan made the observations while exchanging views with the members of Buyers Forum, a group of representatives of major apparel brands, at BGMEA Complex on Wednesday, read a press release.
Readymade garment industry of Bangladesh had been continuously making efforts and investment to build up its capability through product diversification, innovation, efficiency improvement, skill development while strengthening compliance and sustainability, he added.
“Our industry has now greater capacity to produce garments made from manmade fibers and manufacture more complex and high-value products,” he added.
Bangladesh has made huge strides in the area of environmental sustainability, becoming a global leader with the highest number of green garment factories in the world, he remarked.
The meeting was attended by Ziaur Rahman, Country Manager, H&M, and also spokesperson of Buyers Forum; Shantanu Singh, Regional Head, C&A; Mohammad Rukanuzzaman, Compliance Manager, Tom Tailor; Sharif Nehal Rahman, Sustainability Manager, Stanley/Stella; Dishan Karunaratne, Country Manager, BESTSELLER ; Raky Bashey, Country Head, Newtimes; Najeeb Sayed, Country Manager, PVH; Amit Ahuja, Op. Director, Columbia; Brunhilde Descamps, Country Manager, Auchan; Peter Gerard Mckenna, Office Manager, the Warehouse Group.; Lucie Charlotte ABT, General Manager, Celio; Stephanie Wong Tung, Country Manager, Tape à l'oeil; Ghislain Christian Henno, Category Director and Office Manager, GBO; Rezwan Murshed, Country Head, Carrefour; Jessica Nursoo, Regional Director South Asia, VF Corporation; Meral Mirik, Country Manager, Jennyfer; Vivek Kunwar, Country Leader, Decathlon; Cedric Bourlet, Country Director, Groupe Beaumanoir; Gery Emonds, General Manager, Triton Textile Ltd; Steven Kruit, Country Manager, OVS; and Md. Mohammed Shahul Sally, Associate Director, Next Sourcing Services Ltd.
BGMEA First Vice President Syed Nazrul Islalm, Vice President Miran Ali, Vice President Rakibul Alam Chowdhury, Directors Asif Ashraf, Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan, Inamul Haq Khan (Bablu), Md Imranur Rahman, and Neela Hosna Ara were present at the meeting.
In the meeting, he updated the Buyers Forum’s members on the current situation of the RMG industry including its prospects and vision to enhance its competitiveness in the global apparel market.
He also briefed them about the initiatives taken by the industry to meet future challenges and enhance capability in line with market demands.
Faruque Hassan said the RMG industry had been making investments in productivity improvement, digitization, automation, and sustainability.
Bangladeshi garment factories operate according to international best practices, he further said.
He also highlighted the initiatives of BGMEA including the Center of Innovation, Efficiency and Occupational Health and Safety (CIEOSH) which aims to support the RMG industry of Bangladesh with knowledge, skills and technological know-how in becoming more advanced and competitive in the global market.
BGMEA was currently working on to develop recycling capacity in Bangladesh and make the country a global hub of recycling with the collaboration and partnership with global initiatives and companies specialized in recycling industry, he informed the representatives of the buyers at the meeting, Faruque Hassan said.
“Besides, Bangladesh has also made significant improvements in strengthening transport, energy, and digitization infrastructure alongside building capacity in port,” he said adding that several major infrastructure projects including the Padma Bridge, the country’s first deep-sea port at Matarbari, airport upgradation would help to meet future demand of trade and contribute to further economic growth in Bangladesh.
He urged the global apparel brands and retailers to partner with their Bangladeshi suppliers and support them in enhancing their capacity in product development and improving efficiency and sustainability.