Technology upgradation in the apparel industry is crucial to remaining competitive in the global market, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan has stressed.
“Use of modern technologies, tools and software are predominant when it comes to enhancing productivity and quality,” he said.
Other panelists in the discussion were Ariyan M Kabir, Co-Founder and CEO of GrayMatter Robotics Inc, Professor Dr Genci Capi, Hosei University in Japan, and Dr Patrick Meier, Co-founder and CEO of WeRobotics.
Prof Dr Lafifa Jamal from Department of Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Dhaka moderated the session. The webinar was organised as a part of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) held on November 11-14 in Dhaka with the participation of experts from more than 75 countries.
Faruque Hassan said that technological innovations are required not only to enhance competitiveness but also to make business sustainable.
“There is no alternative to technologies to ensure sustainable use of water, energy and other resources. Sustainability and digitalisation are interlinked and greatly complement each other,” he added.
He also claimed that automation and technology up-gradation would not impact employment adversely as all the processes required to make a garment cannot be replaced by machines.
The BGMEA president further said, “We should train our people with the right skills to operate new generation technologies. We need to turn the challenge into opportunity through re-skilling and up-skilling of our workforce. This will enable our industry to be more competitive, and allow more quality jobs.”