The Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Sunday has given more 281 days to Accord, a European agency for factory inspection and remediation, after hearing its appeal.
The Court said Accord can continue its activities for 281 days from May 8, when a memorandum of understanding(MoU) was signed between Accord and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in this regard.The BGMEA will form a cell in the Accord and they will jointly inspect and ensure safety and security of garments factories and workers in Bangladesh, the apex court said.
Earlier, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a platform of European apparel buyers to improve safety standards in apparel sector, sought an extension of 281 days to complete remediation process in apparel sector.
As of now, the Accord has completed over 94 per cent of remediation works. So the demand for 281 days’ extension to complete the remaining remediation is not logical, BGMEA officials opined earlier.
BGMEA also thought, Accord can complete its unfinished task much earlier than the requested time.