Sustainable dev in RMG must to face challenges: Envoy

Staff Correspondent

6 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Winnie Estrup Petersen on Tuesday said that there is no alternative to ensure sustainable development in the country’s RMG (Readymade Garments) as the industry is facing growing challenges.

“The RMG sector is very important for Bangladesh’s economy as a large number of workers are leading their lives through working in the sector,” said the ambassador while inaugurating a three-day International Scientific Conference in Dhaka.

Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST) and Alberg University jointly organised the 3-day conference titled “Sustainability of global garment industry” at AUST campus where around 150 national and international researchers will present their research papers and works.

Addressing the inaugural function, the Danish ambassador also stressed the need for giving more attention on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues in the sector which she said may help develop the workers skill as well the industry to flourish.

Praising the working environment of RMG industries in Bangladesh, she also said the country by this time has an example to others as a leading world apparel exporter.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) vice president Mohammad Nasir said Bangladesh has been able to ensure safe working environment at the country’s RMG factories through taking various work plans in the sector. “We are also working on the corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues,” he added.

AUST Vice-Chancellor Prof M.M. Safiullah presided over the inaugural session while Alberg University Prof Peter Hessel, AUST Board of Trustees Chairman Kazi Md. Rafiqul Alam also spoke among others.

Later Danish Ambassador Winnie Estrup Petersen handed over certificates and crests to 12 garment factories for their contribution in research and innivation.

The 12 RMG factories are MasTrade International, AmanTex, Northern Fashion, Mawna Fashion, Eastwest Industrial Park, Piemki Apparels, GMS Composite Knitting Ind., DEKKO Readywear, FashionStep, Capital Fashion, Alima Textile and Energy Pack Fashions.