RMG production cost rising, productivity slows

Says BGMEA president, describing it as a major hurdle towards sustainability

Staff Correspondent

15 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RMG production cost rising, productivity slows

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan along with members of the Network to Integrate Productivity and Occupational Safety and Health (NIPOSH) poses for a photo after a meeting at a hotel in the capital on Monday.

Production cost in garment industry has been rising every year although the productivity remains slow, said Faruque Hassan, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Describing the situation as a major setback towards the industry’s sustainability, he said the BGMEA initiated a “Centre on Efficiency innovation and OHS” against this backdrop in its Uttara office in Dhaka.

BGMEA leader came up with the remarks at the fourth network meeting of the NIPOSH (Network to Integrate Productivity and Occupational Safety and Health) at a hotel in the capital Dhaka on Monday.

The NIPOSH was initiated to enhance productivity and efficiency of the RMG industry integrating LEAN manufacturing and OSH.

The project intends to develop a network of professionals in the RMG industry and create a culture of collective consciousness alongside building a strong connectivity amongst the factories.

The project is funded by the Embassy of Denmark in Bangladesh with the collaboration of University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Bangladesh apparel sector’s body BGMEA.

This is being jointly implemented by the Centre of Efficiency, innovation and OSH and Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST).

Faruque Hassan said the BGMEA is working on productivity improvements, industrial engineering, product development, industry 4.0, sustainability, lean manufacturing and occupational health and safety.

“The NIPOSH initiative is the first stepping stone toward our centre of innovation and efficiency,” he said.

Dr. Mohammad Sarwar Morshed, Project Leader at NIPOSH and a professor at AUST, said sustainable improvement of OHS and productivity in the country’s RMG sector is a precondition to coping with the current and upcoming challenges. “Relationship between industry and academia is also important for capacity building of the future graduates, product development and diversification, update of course curriculum and scientific contribution,” he added. Prof. Dr. Muhammad FazliIlahi, Vice-chancellor of AUST, Søren Albertsen, Sector Counsellor at Danish Embassy in Dhaka, Dr. Abu Hamja, Project Coordinator and Research Fellow at NIPOSH, and Engineer Azim Mohammad, Phd Fellow at NIPOSH, and BGMEA’s Abdulla Hil Rakib, among others, also spoke on the occasion.

A total of 25 factories were on board in the project and first phase factory visit has been completed.

During the first factory visit, NIPOSH team collected some basic data from the factories.