A delegation of European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) headed by Heidi HAUTALA, met the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufactuers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in Dhaka on Monday.
The delegation included Members of the European Parliament -- Jose Manuel GARCIA-MARGALLO, Sven SIMON, Agnes JONGERIUS, Jordi CANAS PEREZ, and Maximilian KRAH. Martti KALAUS, Head of Unit,
Charles Whiteley, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh was also present at the meeting.
BGMEA president Faruque Hassan briefed the visiting delegation members about the current situation of Bangladesh’s RMG industry, including its strides in the areas of workplace safety, environmental sustainability and workers’ rights and welfare.
He also apprised them about the sustainable strategic vision of BGMEA unveiled recently with an aim to accelerate the growth of the RMG industry in a manner that is sustainable and positively impacts the economy, the environment and the lives of peoples.
Faruque Hassan told the delegation that the apparel industry is aligned with the government in implementing the road map developed by the government in collaboration with ILO to further improve in labor rights and welfare issues.
He said Bangladesh and the European Union have long been sharing friendly relationship which has grown stronger over times.
BGMEA vice-president Miran Ali, vice-president (Finance) Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, vice- president Md Nasir Uddin, directors Haroon Ar Rashid, Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan, executive president of BKMEA Mohammad Hatem, among others, were present at the meeting.