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BGMEA, PaCT sign deal to decarbonise RMG sector

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  • 29 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BGMEA, PaCT sign deal to decarbonise RMG sector

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IFC’s Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) programme has expanded its activities through agreement with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to support strengthening the readymade garments (RMG) sector’s backward linkages and diversifying products to boost exports.

The embassy of Denmark in Bangladesh, the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and PUMA have also renewed their commitment for IFC’s Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT II) programme to support decarbonisation of the RMG sector in Bangladesh.

The government of Denmark, through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), has committed additional funds of US$3.19 million to enhance RMG sector-wide activities, said a press release.

“The fashion industry alone contributes around 10 percent of global emissions. PaCT is supporting cleaner production and green growth in the RMG sector towards a sustainable Bangladesh,” said H.E. Danish Ambassador to Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen.

Paula Schindeler, Deputy Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh at the signing ceremony reiterated that the Netherlands Embassy is delighted to continue to assist Bangladesh’s RMG sector in its sustainability efforts and address efficient use of resources through the IFC-PaCT Programme.

“As Bangladesh is an important sourcing market for us, the PaCT Programme helps our supplier factories to optimise their resource consumption and minimise their environmental impact,” said Veronique Rochet, Senior Head of Sustainability at PUMA.

“The Bangladesh RMG industry needs to find new ways to conduct business to become more resilient and adapt to shifting global demands. Fiber diversification, online marketplace, and a post-COVID sustainable roadmap for Bangladesh’s RMG industry are very pertinent topics for research at this juncture,” said Faruque Hassan, President of BGMEA.

Tuyen Nguyen, Asia Regional Lead for Manufacturing Advisory, IFC;  Nuzhat Anwar, IFC’s Acting Country Manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal; Søren Asbjørn Albertsen, Sector Counsellor, Embassy of Denmark; Badrul Alam Talukdar, Program Adviser, Embassy of Denmark; Bas Blaauw, First Secretary, Economic Affairs and RMG, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh; BGMEA Directors Asif Ashraf and Tanvir Ahmed; Nishat S. Chowdhury, Program Manager, IFC PaCT; Tadashi Koyama, Operations Officer to the Partnerships and Multilateral Engagement Department, IFC; Archak Pattanaik, Senior Manager - Supply Chain Sustainability, PUMA; and Vincent Chen, Teamhead Environment Sustainability, PUMA were present on the occasion.