BGMEA, commerce ministry sign deal to launch centre for innovation

Staff Correspondent

25 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

BGMEA, commerce ministry sign deal to launch centre for innovation

Md Hafizur Rahman, Project Director, Export Diversification and Competitiveness Development Project (Tier-II) and DG, WTO Cell, Ministry of Commerce and BGMEA President Faruque Hassan exchange documents after signing an MoU at commerce ministry’s office in the capital on Monday. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi was also present on the occasion.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Commerce to establish a centre for innovation, efficiency and OSH to enhance competitiveness of the RMG industry of Bangladesh.

Md. Hafizur Rahman, Project Director, Export Diversification and Competitiveness Development Project (Tier-II) and Director General of WTO Cell at Ministry of Commerce, and Faruque Hassan, President of BGMEA, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of their respective sides.

Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and Senior Commerce Secretary Dr. Md. Jafar Uddin, among others, were present at the agreement signing ceremony at the ministry’s conference room in Dhaka on Monday.

The Centre for Innovation, Efficiency and OSH (occupational health and safety) will work to enhance the knowledge of future production leaders of the country.

It also aims to increase efficiency of a manufacturing plant in the field of industrial engineering and resource efficiency coupled with occupational health and safety (OSH).

The centre will organize vocational and job training programmes for graduates of Industrial and Production Planning Engineering and Textile Engineering from different universities of the country.

The centre aims to build capacity of the industry to achieve the level of excellence in the area of product particularly through the use of disruptive technologies like 3D designing and virtual prototyping, which is the need of the hour.

This will support the industry for further optimizing cost and lead time to a significant extent.

Through this centre, a pilot programme will be launched under the supervision of a renowned fashion designer and the goal will be to transform local heritage into high-end fashion pieces with global appeal.

The ultimate objective will be to create a brand story to redefine what it means to purchase from Bangladesh and increase digital presence on social media platforms.

The initiative will endeavor to build capacity of the mid-level management as well as workforce of the factories in the relevant field.


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