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Centre of excellence takes off

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday officially opened the Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI), an initiative to create a skilled labour force for the export-oriented industry. Based in Ashulia, the centre will help meet the sector's need for skilled labour by providing competency-based training in areas where demand from the industry is the greatest. By training workers to nationally recognised standards, it will also help them gain skills to earn higher wages. At a ceremony at Dhaka Apparel...

Against all odds

Against all odds

It all started with a small tailoring shop in Dhaka. In 1978, the owners of this small venture called Reaz Store got an order for 10,000 pieces of men's shirt. Until then it had only sewed clothes for Dhaka's fashion elites. And now they were just overwhelmed with this new opportunity. Reaz Store changed its...

PM opens Centre of Excellence for garment industries

PM opens Centre of Excellence for garment industries

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries in Dhaka today. She opened the centre during the inauguration of the three-day apparel summit in Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, a press release said. The event is aimed to brighten the image of Bangladesh’s RMG and gain traction for the sector as...

KNOT SO TRUE

Pennies for his thought

EVEN with my weakest knowledge of French, I know that a person who speaks too much and makes little sense is called “bavard.” Unfortunately, there are too many “bavards” in prominent positions who speak too much in haste and later regret the consequences too fast. The recent faux pas exceeds all limits of propriety. A very powerful person of a political party ended up calling a US visitor “a minister worth two pence.” As things stand today, the US...

Compensate Tazreen victims, families: HRW

Compensate Tazreen victims, families: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) today urged global retailers to support and compensate the victims of Tazreen where at least 111 garment workers were burned alive two years ago. “Global clothing brands tied to a Bangladesh factory that caught fire two years ago should immediately support full and fair compensation for workers and families of...

Fire at Gazipur RMG factory doused

Fire at Gazipur RMG factory doused

A fire broke that out at a readymade garment warehouse in Ambagh area in Gazipur was doused after nearly one and a half hours efforts. On information, five firefighters’ units from adjoining areas rushed to the spot and doused the blaze around 7:50pm, Shahin Alam, station officer of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defence...

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...

Pay RMG workers by Oct 2: Govt

Pay RMG workers by Oct 2: Govt

The government today ordered all garment factory owners to pay the festival bonus and wages of their workers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. The festival bonus for Eid and Puja will have to be paid by September 28, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, the state minister for labour and employment, said after a meeting of the Crisis Management...

Fire at Dhaka RMG factory

Fire at Dhaka RMG factory

A fire broke out at a readymade garment factory in Mirpur-1 of Dhaka this afternoon. The fire originated around 5:45pm at the storeroom of Cordial Design Ltd housed on the third floor of an eight-storey building at Shah Ali Bagh area of Sector-1, Mirpur, Abdul Halim, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil...

Tofail for emergency RMG fund

Tofail for emergency RMG fund

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today suggested the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to generate a fund for any emergency like Tuba Group workers’ payment crisis. Tofail was speaking at a press conference on the payment to the workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA office. The BGMEA paid the salary of the month of July and overtime allowances to 1,417 workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA office from 2:00 in the afternoon. “It is my suggestion to the BGMEA to form the fund to face any emergency moment,” Ahmed said. On re-opening of the affected five factories of the Tuba Group, Tofail said if the owner is able...

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