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'Conspiracy' glass ceiling: RMG breakthrough

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'Conspiracy' glass ceiling: RMG breakthrough

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has alerted all concerned against 'conspiracy' at home and abroad to harm Bangladesh's highly prospective garments sector. Quarters looking unkindly on our ranking as the second largest exporter in the global apparel market are at work to pull us down. The occasion was the Apparel Summit last week which concluded...

Editorial

Safety key to RMG success

SPEAKERS at the Dhaka Apparel Summit on December 8 agreed that workers' safety in readymade garments (RMG) factories remains one of the key prerequisites for ensuring Bangladesh's dominance in the global apparel sector. Guarantee for physical safety in terms of proper fire preparedness, field inspection and training of workers to tackle an emergency will have to become part and parcel of the way the industry is run. And it is not merely about more unionisation at the workplace, but...

SINCE TAZREEN

Has fire safety improved?

IT was two years ago this week that fire swept through the Tazreen Fashions factory on the outskirts of Dhaka claiming the lives of over 110 garment workers. At the time it was Bangladesh's worst ever industrial accident. It laid bare the lack of fire safety in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector and put in motion considerable efforts by local and international stakeholders to ensure such an event could not happen again. Two years on, has fire safety in the Bangladesh...

Eye on $50b

Eye on $50b

Garment exporters are aiming to bring in $50 billion a year by 2021, provided that safety concerns would be eliminated, weak infrastructure improved and labour unrest gone. The sector, considered the lifeline of the economy, has grown in the last few decades, as far as “backward linkage” is concerned, but falls short on “forward linkage”, said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). "Bangladesh will have to go for product diversification and innovation," he said.   Quoting a McKinsey report, the BGMEA chief said the country would have to develop skilled human resources, ensure adequate power supply, develop ports, improve work conditions and ensure healthy politics to take the...

How better data can make garment factories safer?

WHEN nearly 1,200 workers died in a tragic factory collapse outside Dhaka last year, dozens of global brands and retailers faced intense public pressure to improve safety in their supplier factories. More than 200 of these global companies have agreed to join one of two collective initiatives to improve factory safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Having just marked their one year anniversaries, both initiatives face significant challenges in...

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Securing positive dynamics in RMG sector

Securing positive dynamics in RMG sector

READYMADE Garment (RMG) industry is one of the major contributors to Bangladesh economy in terms of employment, production, export and foreign exchange earnings. RMG contributes 13% of GDP, adds value to 78% of total exports and employs around 4 million workers, mostly women. Moreover, it has also created employment in related services. Bangladesh...

Will rising minimum wage affect the RMG sector?

Will rising minimum wage affect the RMG sector?

MINIMUM wage for workers in Bangladesh garments industry is a hot button issue for both manufacturers and the Western retailers. At the recent Harvard University Conference on “Globalization and Sustainability of Bangladesh Garments Industry”, two issues dominated the discussions: wages and workers' safety.  The participants, while supporting the cause of workers' rights to...

Editorial

Industries running below capacity

A Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) study shows that the industry's inability to fully utilise its capacity is preventing it from contributing to the economy at the desired level. In fact, about one-third of the manufacturing units can utilise between 25 to 50 per cent of their total capacities, while 59 per cent can use 75 per cent of their potential.  Given that manufacturing makes the highest contribution to the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) after the service sector,...

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RMG inspection moving ahead

THE persistent  demand from international retailers' platform  for raising safety standards of our garments factories in the wake of certain disasters  has been moving the sector  on to a   corrective path. This is evidenced by the following revelation: Engineers of the Euro-sponsored Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh on an inspection tour here has found only '2 percent of the inspected factories unsafe for production and occupancy.'  As many as 1000 factories inspected for fire, electrical and and...

Ensuring fair trade in RMG sector

Ensuring fair trade in RMG sector

ON Eid day, as most Bangladeshis were enjoying joyful moments with their friends and families, some 1,600 workers of Tuba Garments factory were on a hunger strike in the capital demanding their arrear wages and festival bonus. While the news was covered by the major media outlets there was no action from the...

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