The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Sunday said Bangladesh and Indonesia need to view each other as comprehensive friends and partners and expand collaboration to prosper together.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan came up with the view while paying a courtesy call on Ambassador of Indonesia to Bangladesh Heru Hartanto Subolo at the embassy in Dhaka, a press release said.
“Collaborative engagement is needed to identify the opportunities and ways to realise them,” Faruque said.
BGMEA Vice-President Md Shahidullah Azim, Director Vidiya Amrit Khan and Chair of BGMEA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Shams Mahmud were also present at the meeting.
They discussed various trade-related issues with special emphasis on possible avenues of collaboration between Bangladesh and Indonesia to unlock mutual trade potential.
They also talked about how both countries can complement each other for the development of the ready-made garment (RMG) and textile industries.
Bangladesh’s RMG sector has attached due importance to the diversification of products, especially high-value non-cotton apparel and technical textiles, read the release.
While the Indonesian textile sector can meet the demand of Bangladesh’s RMG sector for man-made fibre, Indonesia can import ready-made garments from Bangladesh.
“It would create a win-win situation for both countries,” the BGMEA chief added.
Faruque Hassan invited Ambassador Subolo to the “Made in Bangladesh Week” along with Indonesian RMG and textile businessmen to participate in the week-long event.
The BGMEA in partnership with Bangladesh Apparel Exchange is going to organise the mega event in Dhaka on November 12-18 to promote Bangladesh’s apparel industry globally and showcase its strengths.