Giant Group Managing Director Faruque Hassan is going to be the next president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
The Sammilita Parishad, led by Faruque Hassan, won the BGMEA biennial election, bagging 24 posts out of 35, while the ABM Shamsuddin-led Forum panel won 11 posts.A total of 1,996, out of 2314, voters cast votes at the voting centres in Dhaka and Chittagong on Sunday.
Around 86 percent of votes were cast in the election to the apex platform for garment makers.
Faruque Hassan got the highest number of 1,204 votes.
The BGMEA election board, led by Syed Farhat Anwar, announced the election results on Sunday night after the day-long voting.
According to BGMEA sources, the winning directors will elect president andseven vice-presidents on April 16. Then, the new BGMEA board will take over charge on April 20 for the next two years.
In an instant reaction, Faruque Hassan has congratulated all BGMEA members for voting him to make its president.Vowing to build a united BGMEA for all, he said they will face the challenges ahead altogether and help the sector to grow.
“We will be able to address the challenges the sector has been facing from the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The new leaders also said they will work closely with the government and the European Union to retain duty-free market access in the region up to 2031, after the LDC graduation in 2026. It is possible through apparel diplomacy.
“My vision is to ensure that BGMEA becomes an organisation that prioritises service delivery for its members, where its members can receive them without any hassle,” he added.
In a reaction, BGMEA incumbent president Dr Rubana Huq congratulated the newly elected president and vowed to cooperate with him on the development of the industry.
The winners of the Sammilita Parishad in Dhaka region are Faruque Hassan, managing director of Giant Textiles Ltd, S.M. Mannan (Kochi), managing director of Seha Design (BD) Ltd, Md. Shahidullah Azim, Chairman of Classic Fashion Concept Ltd, Arshad Jamal (Dipu), Managing Director Tusuka Fashions Ltd, Shehrin Salam Oishee, Director of Envoy Design Ltd, Asif Ashrafof Urmi Garments Ltd, Md. Mohiuddin Rubel, Director of Denim Expert Ltd, Tanvir Ahmed, Director of Envoy Fashions Ltd, Md. Khosru Chowdhury Managing Director of Nipa Fashion Wear Industry Ltd, Abdullah Hil Rakib, Brothers Fashion Limited, Haroon Ar Rashid, Chairman of TRZ Garments Industry, and Rajiv Chowdhury, Managing Director of Young 4 Ever Textiles Ltd, Miran Ali, Managing Director of Misami Garments Ltd, Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Managing Director of Designtex Knitwear, Md. Imranur Rahman managing director of Laila styles, Md. Nasir Uddin Sadma, managing director Fashion Wear, and Md. Sajjadur Rahman Mridha (Shipon), managing director of Vintage Denim Studio Ltd.
Sammilita Parishad’s Chattogram region winners are Syed Nazrul Islam director of Well Designers, Tanvir Habib, director of Legacy Fashion Ltd, AM. Shafiul Karim (Khokon) of A.S.R. Apparels Ltd, Md. Hassan (Jacky) of Four H Apparels, Rakibul Alam Chowdhury, managing director of HKC Apparels, M. Ahsanul Hoq, managing director of Amheco Fabrics (Pvt.) Ltd, and Mohammed Meraj-E-Mostafa (Kaisar), managing director of NLZ Fashion Ltd.
The forum’s winners from the Dhaka region are - Rubana Huq, managing director of MG Shirtex, M.A. Rahim (Feroz), vice-chairman of Dulal Brothers Ltd, Mahmud Hasan Khan (Babu), managing director of Rising Apparels Ltd, Asif Ibrahim, managing director of Keilock Newage Bangladesh, Faisal Samad, managing director of Surma Garments Ltd, Navidul Huq, director of MG Knit Flair, Vidiya Amrit Khan, director of Desh Garments Ltd., Inamul Haq Khan (Bablu), managing director of Ananta Garments Ltd, and Mijanur Rahman, managing director of Fabrica Knit Composite Ltd.
Forum’s Chattogram region winners are Md. M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury, managing director of Clifton Apparels Ltd, and Mohammed Abdus Salam, managing director of Chittagong Asian Apparels Ltd.