Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has requested Switzerland to consider an extension of the EBA (Everything but Arms) scheme under its GSP programme for 10 years to help Bangladesh's smoother transition to a developing country.
Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard, accompanied by Thomas Baumgartner, Head of Political, Economic and Cultural Affairs met the President of BGMEA Faruque Hassan at the latter's office on Tuesday and discussed the trade issues.BGMEA first Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam and Vice President Md Shahidullah Azim attended the meeting.
During the meeting, they have discussed issues pertinent to the readymade garment industry in Bangladesh and its progress in the area of social and environmental sustainability.
The discussants also highlighted the future potential of the industry and the need for industry up-grading particularly in the area of skills and efficiency enhancement, technological expertise and diversification of products especially non-cotton.
The potential of foreign investment in non-cotton and technical textiles, light engineering sector and high end apparel items was encouraged.
The BGMEA sought support from the Embassy of Switzerland regarding the need for a unified code of conduct for social audits and collaboration to promote the untold stories of the industry's transformation.
The Swiss Ambassador expressed her satisfaction with the progress of the industry in the area of sustainable manufacturing and assured support from the Swiss Government.