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BGMEA, Brac University to develop digital repository of RMG workers

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BGMEA, Brac University to develop digital repository of RMG workers
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan presents a bonsai to Brac University Vice Chancellor Prof Vincent Chang at an MoU signing ceremony at the BGMEA Office at Gulshan in the capital on Monday.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) signed an MoU with Brac University for developing a digital repository of the workers of export oriented RMG industry.

BGMEA president Faruque Hassan and Brac University vice-chancellor Prof Vincent Chang were present at the MoU signing ceremony held at BGMEA PR and media office in Gulshan, Dhaka.

Local RMG sector shares a history of almost four glorious decades, but comprehensive information on its employed workers is yet to bring together.

Being a labour-intensive industry and having the importance of the labour force to ensure sustainable growth, it is essential to have an accurate, complete and credible data repository of the entire workforce of the RMG industry.

Realizing this context, BGMEA and BracU have stepped to collaborate on this joint project. It is to be believed that the digital repository can be utilized to design significant interventions and to formulate policies for the workers’ well-being while contributing to Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021.

“We believe that the MoU signing reflects the commitment of BGMEA for a sustainable RMG industry in Bangladesh and BGMEA’s vision for a healthy industrial eco-system”, said Faruque Hassan.

“The digital repository will help to clarify misconception about the industry through empirical evidence” he added.

“Brac University is delighted to be a part of such industry-academia partnership and can play a vital role in bringing research integrity through this collaboration”, stated by Brac University VC Professor Vincent Chang.

Prof Dr Rahim B Talukdar, adviser, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BracU, remarked that “Through this digital repository, there will be knowledge and technology transfer between parties involved in the project.”

As the new collaboration between BGMEA and BracU for the joint project on “Digital Repository  of RMG Workers” is now official after the MoU signing, both parties are expecting the support from all the stakeholders for making this project a success.

BGMEA vice-presidents Shahidullah Azim and Miran Ali;  Mahjabeen Quader, senior policy advisor – Economic Affairs & CSR, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Naureen Chowdhury (Senior programme manager -Labor Rights, Laudes Foundation were also present at the occasion, among others.