The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed a deal with the commerce ministry to train a pool of skilled fashion professionals, dedicated to developing high-value fashionable garments using homegrown fabrics and materials.
The training initiative is a part of the high-end Fashion Project titled “Linking Bangladesh’s Heritage Material to the International Export Market,” under the EIF Export Diversification & Competitiveness Development Project (TIER 2).
As per the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Bangladeshi textile professionals, including designers, pattern markers, merchandisers, weavers of indigenous textile materials, and fashion and textile students will be trained, and read a press release.
The training will be conducted by the Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and Occupational Safety and Health (CIEOSH) of BGMEA, where a total of 160 professionals will receive intensive training on Bangladesh’s opportunity in the global high-end fashion space, collection development, and sustainability issues.
Training sessions will be conducted by renowned fashion designer Anadil Johnson, founder of Chicago-based fashion brand Neval.
Neela Hosna Ara, director, BGMEA, and Mohammad Ileas Mia, deputy secretary, and Project Director, Export Diversification and Diversification Project (Tier- 2), WTO wing, Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh signed the MoU on behalf of the respective sides.
David Austin, regional portfolio manager, United Nations Office for Project Services, and Raphaelle Nicole Danielle Quintard, portfolio management officer, EIF executive secretariat WTO, were also present at the MoU signing ceremony held at the BGMEA Complex in Uttara, Dhaka on Tuesday.
The WTO Cell of the Commerce Ministry has been implementing the project with a view to transforming the Bangladeshi heritage into high-end fashion products and creating a market for them internationally.
The project also aims to explore the opportunity of exporting garments espousing the rich culture and heritage of Bangladesh with fashion.
It will also create an opportunity to present Bangladesh’s own culture and textile heritage internationally through fashionable garments made from traditional textiles and fabrics like Jamdani, Khadi, Silk and Monipuri.
The project will help to build the capacity of the local weavers to enable them to use their craftsmanship to design high-value apparel that maintains international quality.
Thus, it will open doors to create employment opportunities for Bangladeshi weavers, while saving the indigenous industry.
Besides, it will significantly help to diversify products within RMG, add higher values and pursue our vision to reach 100 billion dollars in export by 2030.