Accord, an European buyers and retailers platform, has got six month more time for leaving Bangladesh while another platform ‘Alliance’ will have to go back after the stipulated timeline to be over on May 31, 2018.
The decision came at a meeting between the ILO, IndustryAll, Uni Global, BGMEA, FBCCI and Commerce minister held at secretariat in the city on Thursday.
After the meeting commerce minister Tofail Ahmed told journalists that both Accord and Alliance will be over within May 31, 2018. “After that they will go back ….,” said the minister.
Accord gets a transitional period initially for six months. “Within the six month they will be ready and hand over their responsibilities to national initiatives,” commerce minister also added.
Accord was formed in 2013 and as per the agreement the job will be over on May 31, 2018,” he said.
“We, the government, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and brand representative have decided that they will be prepared to leave within the stipulated deadline” said Tofail Ahmed.
After the RANA Plaza incident in 2013, some 228 European brands and retailers formed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh with a view to building a safe and healthy readymade garment (RMG) industry. The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (the alliance) is a USA and Canada based forum of brands, retailers and trade unions.
Tofail Ahmed said, Accord confirmed that they will not continue after stipulated deadline. They have completed 80 percent of their work; hopefully they will complete the rest with in next seven months.
Among others State Minister for Labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu, BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman, FBCCI president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, ILO, IndustryAll and Uni Global representatives were present at the meeting.