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Export-oriented factories reopen tomorrow

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Export-oriented factories reopen tomorrow

The government has allowed all export-oriented factories to resume their operations tomorrow amid the ongoing strict lockdown imposed to curb the growing surge of coronavirus in the country.

To this effect, the Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification on Friday.

“All export-oriented factories will remain out of the purview of the restrictions,” it says.

The government has accepted the demand of business leaders for operating their factories by backtracking on its decision on shutting all industries until August 5.

The country went into a 14-day strict lockdown again from July 23 to August 5 due to the growing numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths.

But, the business leaders have urged the government repeatedly to allow all factories, including ready-made garments, to open during the lockdown for the sake of the country’s exports.

On Thursday, a delegation of business leaders from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters (BKMEA), the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Exporters Association of Bangladesh held a meeting with the cabinet secretary. At the meeting, the trade body leaders have requested Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to ease the ongoing restrictions to run the factories.

They explained that they wanted to run the factories as they are in a fear as a loss of shares on international markets, disruption of supply chain and congestion at ports are taking place.

Earlier at a meeting on Tuesday, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal turned down the request for reopening the business entities.

Even, the business leaders also held the meeting with the cabinet secretary before Eid-ul-Azha to keep factories out of the purview of the lockdown.

But, the government has imposed the lockdown, shutting all factories from July 23 to August 5.