BGMEA President Faruque Hassan urges the Government of Australia to extend duty benefits for 12 years after LDC graduation for smoother transition.
The BGMEA president delivered a keynote speech on apparel industry- competitiveness beyond COVID-19 at an International Webinar Conference titled ‘Bangladesh at 50: From the test case to a development role model’.
The keynote presentation session was chaired by Professor Amrik Sohal from Monash University, and Professor Shams Rahman from RMIT University was the Discussant.
The presentation was attended by academics and experts from Australia, Bangladesh and globally.
Eminent academics and researchers including Professor Rehman Sobhan, Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsay Professor Emeritus of Economics of University of Cambridge, Professor Edward Barbier, University Distinguished Professor of Economics of Colorado State University, Professor Carl Folke, Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and founder and Chair of the Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre of Stockholm University, and Professor Shunsuke Managi, Distinguished Professor and Director of Urban Institute at the Kyushu University, Japan took part in the international event.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan shared the impressive journey of Bangladesh’s RMG industry: its pivotal role in uplifting the country's economy, generating various jobs, lifting millions of people out of poverty, and fostering female labour participation.
He also highlighted the tremendous progress made by the RMG industry in the areas of workplace safety, sustainability and ethical manufacturing.
He said, “We have set our priorities to enhance capabilities, particularly in the area of diversification of our products and markets, investments in high end textile sectors, especially non-cotton areas, innovation and value addition, and upgrading technologies.”
He stated that about 83 pc of Bangladesh’s export earning depends on the RMG alone, which employs 10 million people including backward and forward linkage industries, and given the fact that COVID has caused severe financial distress to the industry which will take some time to recover.
Faruque Hassan also talked about the declining price trend in the global apparel market which has posed a major challenge for the industry, especially at a time when the sector is struggling to turn around from impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He urged buyers and retailers to be more empathetic and rational in pricing so that a secured global market could be built where workplace and jobs would be safer and sustainable.