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BGMEA for increasing RMG exports to Canada

  • Special Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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BGMEA president Faruque Hassan has sought support of Bangladesh High Commission to increase RMG exports to Canada by promoting the industry’s image.

He made the request during a courtesy meeting with High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Canada Dr. Khalilur Rahman in Ottawa recently.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) director Abdullah Hil Rakib was also present on the occasion.

Faruque Hassan apprised the envoy of the present situation of the readymade garment industry.

He especially informed the envoy about how the industry was turning around following the unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the industry was going through the challenges of the recovery process.

BGMEA leader also shared the future priorities of the country’s apparel industry including diversification of products.

He said the industry especially increased focus on non-cotton and high-end product segment, market diversification and innovation in product development and process optimization.

Faruque Hasan requested support from the High Commissioner in increasing the share of RMG exports to the potential global market like Canada, especially of high-end and diversified products.

He also requested the envoy to project the positive stories of Bangladesh’s apparel industry, especially the sector’s remarkable progress in the areas of workplace safety, social and environmental sustainability and workers’ wellbeing.

He laid emphasis on the efforts and role of the High Commission in Canada in securing continuation of trade benefit for Bangladesh for next 12 years after graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category in 2026.

BGMEA chief also sought cooperation from the High Commissioner to find avenues to engage non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) in Canada in the development of Bangladesh’s economy.