RMG sector | The Daily Star
  • Why RMG sector needs a change of mindset

    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

  • It was long overdue

    Improving workers' health in the biggest sector of the economy, i.e. readymade garments (RMG) has been on the cards for some time now.

  • Why Bangladesh's apparel industry needs a voice

    Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry, the world's second largest garment exporter, has made huge strides especially in the past few years.

  • Home textile industry in the red—again!

    Last year the Bangladesh Terry Towel & Linen Manufacturers & Exporters' Association (BTTLMEA) wanted the government to stop the export of cotton waste so that raw materials become available for production.

  • Employment growth falls in industrial sector of Bangladesh

    A false alarm?

    Following the visit of robot Sophia to Bangladesh in December last year, there has been a lot of discussion about the possibilities of using automation in industries and its impact on jobs. As the ready-made garment industry is our lifeline, the discussion has mainly been on the impact of automation in the RMG industry.

  • Making strides in workers' rights

    On November 24, 2012 a fire broke out in Tazreen Fashions garment factory in Ashulia that led to the death of at least 112 workers trapped in a building without adequate emergency exits.

  • Where is our RMG sector headed?

    Of the 27 conventions, Bangladesh is yet to ratify the ILO convention concerning “Minimum Age for Admission to Employment”, and has often failed to provide timely reporting on the implementation of the ones it already ratified.

  • RMG: Smartest Strategies

    Bangladesh's manufacturing sector has grown steadily as the country has industrialised. Manufacturing now accounts for 30 percent of GDP, nearly double the share of agriculture.

  • What will kill RMG: TPP or Fear?

    What will kill RMG in Bangladesh? Trans-Pacific Partnership or security fears? It may certainly be the second one and not the first. To begin with, the full text of the TPP is not yet available.

  • Bangladesh remains at the top

    According to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, Bangladesh is slated to remain the top sourcing nation for global retail of readymade garments (RMG) for the next five years.

  • USA should do more for Bangladesh

    The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 signed by US President Barack Obama on June 29, 2015, brings afresh the concerns and frustrations of Bangladesh.


    GSP is always riddled with the subjectivity of the benefit granting countries. Indeed, trade analysts would recognise that this element of subjectivity is one of the fundamental problems with the GSP regimes.

  • GSP: Bangladesh’s reforms and unfinished tasks

    Bangladesh made unprecedented progress in labour and safety standards over the last two years, which had raised hopes for the country of regaining trade benefits from the United States.

  • BGMEA opposes tax hike

    Readymade garment manufacturers oppose the government’s plan to hike tax upon them and urged for its withdrawal for the “sake of the industry”.

  • From 'good-enough' jobs to 'decent' jobs

    Though there are many views on 'inclusive growth', the key consensus is that inclusive growth is a growth process which reduces poverty, inequality and social exclusion and promotes 'decent' jobs and economic and social cohesion.

  • Is the new model of trade unions the answer?

    THE history and development of trade unions in the garment sector is different from other industrial sectors of Bangladesh.

  • Rana Plaza two-year anniversary

    TWO years ago, the Rana Plaza building collapsed, crushing workers and drawing the world's attention to the readymade garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh.