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Alibaba delegation discusses collaboration with BGMEA

Staff Correspondent
04 Mar 2024 18:24:35 | Update: 04 Mar 2024 18:24:35
Alibaba delegation discusses collaboration with BGMEA
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A delegation from Alibaba, a global retail and e-commerce giant, on Monday paid a visit to Faruque Hassan, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), at the BGMEA Complex.

The Alibaba delegation comprised Global Business Development Manager Daniel Zhou, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships Tim Song, Sales Planning and Operations Lu Fan, and Nasri Ma, Business Development Manager of Bangladesh.

BGMEA Vice President (Finance) Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Md Nasir Uddin, Director Abdullah HilRakib, Chairman of Tradeshi Limited Rajib Hossain, and Founder and Managing Director of Tradeshi Limited Shadab M Parvez, and President of Pragma Systems Quamrul Mina were also present at the meeting, said a press release.

Discussions during the meeting revolved around the current global online market scenario, emerging trends, and the prospects for the Bangladeshi garment sector in the online marketplace.

Both sides discussed potential collaborations aimed at creating business opportunities for Bangladeshi garment exporters, with a particular focus on leveraging Alibaba's online platform.

They also focused on collaborative efforts involving the sharing of technical knowledge and training initiatives from Alibaba to further enhance the capabilities of RMG exporters in Bangladesh.

President of BGMEA Faruque Hassan emphasized the importance of adapting to evolving market trends to maintain competitiveness and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

He expressed optimism about the immense potential of virtual marketplaces for Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector.

He said a strategic collaboration with Alibaba would play a pivotal role in paving the way for online business, particularly establishing direct connections between Bangladeshi manufacturers and end customers (B2C).

This visit comes in the wake of BGMEA's on-going efforts in the digital transformation of Bangladesh's apparel sector.

BGMEA had earlier undertaken a study project to identify challenges and opportunities in the RMG sector, officially unveiling the study report on January 25, 2024.

The primary objective of the virtual marketplace is to integrate the local textile industry into global value chains and capitalize on the shift towards online purchasing.

The report identifies market potential and sector readiness to digitize the apparel sector of Bangladesh. The study also proposes sustainable business models along with policy gaps, and necessary strategies essential for the successful implementation of the marketplace.