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Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers And Exporters Association

RMG exports defy odds

RMG exports defy odds

Garment exports continue to go from strength-to-strength one year after the Rana Plaza disaster, rising 17.79 percent year-on-year in April to $1.92 billion. It fetched $19.97 billion in the first ten months of the fiscal year, up 15.37 percent year-on-year, according to data from Export Promotion Bureau. Shahidullah Azim, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and...

Tofail asks Accord to pay workers of closed factories

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday asked Accord, a platform of 150 clothing retailers and brands mostly from Europe, to pay half of the salaries of the workers who lost jobs temporarily due to factory inspection. The instruction came as Alliance, another such panel of 27 US retailers and brands, has started doing the same. The minister was briefing reporters after a meeting with the officials of Accord, Alliance, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and other stakeholders, at his secretariat in...

Rana Plaza episode: let's not repeat it

The state minister for foreign affairs, on the occasion of the anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse, yesterday urged the garment sector stakeholders not to do business in a way that it endangers people's lives. “Today we should commit that we will not do business which kills people. Personally, I made a commitment today that I will not do such a business which will kill people,” Shahriar Alam, state minister for foreign affairs, said. His comments came at an event organised by...

RMG workers' bid to lay siege to BGMEA Bhaban foiled

RMG workers' bid to lay siege to BGMEA Bhaban foiled

Police today foiled garments workers’ attempt to lay siege to BGMEA headquarters in Karwan Bazar this afternoon demanding death penalty of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana. Transport movement on the road in front of Jatiya Press Club remained suspended for two and a half hours since 10:00am following the incident.  Leaders and activists of Garments Sramik Trade Union Kendra, a platform for labourers, gathered in front of the press club in the morning and held a one-hour rally to mark the first anniversary of Rana Plaza collapse. Around 11:00am, the workers started towards the headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in procession to lay siege to the building. They have...

BGMEA starts training factory managers

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association yesterday began its first-ever training for mid-level managers, often to take the blame for labour unrest and industrial disasters. About 100 factory managers comprising officials from compliance, human resources and administration departments took part in the daylong training programme at the BGMEA headquarters in Karwan Bazar. Ministers, bureaucrats and business leaders welcomed the move, saying the initiative would help narrow the gap between workers and factories, increase productivity and cut down the frequency of unrest...

Exports rise 6pc in Feb

Exports rise 6pc in Feb

Exports accelerated 6.36 percent year-on-year to $2.38 billion in February, data from the Export Promotion Bureau shows. Shipments are on the rise despite adversities such as the Tazreen Fashions fire and Rana Plaza collapse because of higher demand for garment items. The country fetched $19.82 billion in July-February, a 13.96 percent rise from the same...

Garment owners seek more time to fix flaws

Garment owners seek more time to fix flaws

Garment makers yesterday called upon the factory inspectors of Accord and Alliance not to close any unit if faults are found during inspection. Factory owners also requested the inspectors to give them time to fix the flaws. A number of factories were shut for failing to withstand safety checks since February 20 when the inspection...

Garment units reel from safety threats

Most garment factories have structural flaws due to poor implementation of laws, a global alliance of retailers said yesterday. Around 74 percent of the garment factories were established before the enforcement of the Bangladesh National Building Code, said Mesbah Rabin, managing director of Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of 26 North American clothing retailers. “Most factories do not have any drawing design, soil test reports, electrical line outlines. We, therefore, are facing challenges in inspecting factories,” he said yesterday...

Missed opportunities of RMG and 2014

WE were supposed to be doubling our exports by 2030. We were supposed to be hitting new highs without any hiccups. We were supposed to be the sector that would employ more people than we ourselves ever thought we could. Instead, at least 500 active factories have closed down; 1,000 factories of average level have shut shop and most of us are looking at our quantity projections from our customers trying to reconcile with lesser orders in 2014. Yes,...

$40m aid for Rana Plaza victims

$40m aid for Rana Plaza victims

Four retailers join Bangladesh government to create an estimated $40m compensation fund to aid the Rana Plaza victims. No US-based retailers participate in the arrangement

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