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2019-11-05 16:53:40 BdST

Dhaka seeks global brands’ role for ‘compliant-competitive-caring’ apparel industry


State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Tuesday urged the global brands to deliver on their commitments within the evolving global RMG supply chain saying their due response is “crucial” to make the entire industry and the supply chains ‘compliant-competitive-caring’.

“The global brands also require delivering on their commitments at similar pace,” he said adding that manufacturing, at the end of the day, is a collective enterprise and is about shared responsibility.

The State Minister was addressing the inaugural session of the Sustainable Apparel Forum 2019 at International Convention Centre, Bashundhara in the city.

Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation and former BGMEA President Md. Atiqul Islam, Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Prefonatine, Head of Sustainability - Global Production, H&M Group Pierre Borjesson and Director, BGMEA and Managing Director, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE)Md. Mohiuddin Rubel also spoke.

Shahriar said the full appreciation and realization of respective roles and responsibilities can truly sustain global supply chain in an industry as RMG. “This is all the more so in the context of ‘Responsible Business conduct’ that the global stakeholders pledged to.”

He appreciated all the friends across the world – in government, business, media, civil society, and academia for reposing their unfettered confidence and trust in Bangladesh.

“The Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman, envisioned a poverty-free Bangladesh. Four decades since, his daughter, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is steadfast in realizing that dream. This is manifest in the Government’s avowed Visions: of graduating Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021; and as a developed country by 2041,” he said.

The State Minister said contemporary Bangladesh RMG and textile sector is going through transformation, like other sectors of the economy and society.

He said emergence of fourth industrial technologies has changed many conventional business model of this sector.

“The industry and the government have been trying to bring in changes, whatever necessary. We have embarked on addressing the gaps, limitations and constraints,” Shahriar said.

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