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Airports’ inefficiency causing a billion to Bangladesh

Coming down heavily on the alleged delay in releasing garment samples by Bangladesh’s airports, President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Md Siddiqur Rahman has claimed that the country has been losing more than US $ 1 billion worth of apparel business yearly due to ‘inefficiency’ of the airport authorities. Also Read – Apparel retailers seek redressal of delay in sample delivery from Dhaka airport “The samples from the airport are supposed to […]

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50 injured in Bangladesh garment workers’ unrest

At least 50 people, including eight policemen, were reportedly injured in a clash between police and garment workers in Gazipur Metropolitan area (Bangladesh) on Wednesday evening. The clash reportedly erupted when police attempted to disperse workers of Capri Apparels Ltd., a garment manufacturer on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, who had gathered on the busy road to press their demand for payment of wages, arrears and Eid bonus, as per media reports. Also Read – Bangladesh releases […]

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B’desh banks to work on weekend to disburse Eid bonus, wages

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has reportedly asked all commercial banks in the country to keep their respective branches in industrial areas of Dhaka, Ashulia, Tongi, Gazipur, Savar, Bhaluka, Narayanganj and Chittagong open this weekend (June 23 and 24) to facilitate payment of wages of the garment workers ahead of the holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. The Department of Off-site Supervision (DOS) of the country’s central reportedly issued a circular on Tuesday asking all the CEOs of the […]

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ILO for labour unions’ freedom in Bangladesh

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has reportedly called upon the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that the draft of the proposed Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Labour Act 2016 allows freedom of associations of the workers. The suggestion was reportedly placed on Sunday, following statements made by the Bangladesh Government representatives and subsequent discussions at the 106th International Labour Conference- the ILO’s annual convention, held in Geneva between June 5 and 16. The committee reportedly said […]

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EU again warns B’desh on RMG workers’ exploitation

Taking cognizance of the alleged workers’ exploitation in the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh, the European Union (EU) has reportedly once again warned it against the same and called upon the Government to step up its efforts in preventing workers’ exploitation, mainly to sustain the privileged market access to Europe under the Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP) system that it currently enjoys. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), in a resolution adopted on Wednesday reportedly […]

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Sluggish garment industry impacts Bangladesh’s export earnings

Drop in global demand for readymade garments has slowed down the rate of export earning of Bangladesh as well in the last fiscal year, revealed a recent data from Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). Although Bangladesh’s overall export earnings rose 3.67 per cent in the first eleven months of FY 2016-17 to hit US $ 31.79 billion-mark, the growth rate dropped to 1.39 per cent as the country only managed to earn US $ 3.07 billion […]

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Bangladesh proposes 15% Corporate Tax for RMG sector

Giving a further boost to the readymade garment industry – the highest foreign currency earner for Bangladesh – the Government has proposed to reduce the corporate tax for the sector to 15 per cent from the existing 20 per cent, in the Budget for FY 2017-18. The garment industry is playing a vital role in the economic development and employment generation of the country, said Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith while justifying the tax cut […]

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Bangladesh RMG workers to get Eid bonus by June 16

Workers in Bangladesh garment industry are expected to get their festival (Eid) bonus by June 16. This has been announced by Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA). “The workers will get their bonus by 20th Ramadan, which falls on June 16, and we will launch our monitoring cell as in the previous year to avert any untoward incidents,” reportedly said BGMEA Vice President Mohammed Nasir, who further added, “The wages for the month of […]

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Bangladesh’s garment factories breach standards for work-hours: Study

While some of the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are being followed by garment factories in Bangladesh, the non-core standards for minimum work-hours and safety at the workplace are not correctly practised, states the study conducted by German-based Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS). The study was done between October 2016 and May 2017 by interviewing unionists and workers and the findings of the study were revealed at […]

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Sustainability Compact calls for a safer garment industry in Bangladesh

Sustainability Compact on Readymade Garment and Knitwear Industry in Bangladesh, rolled out in 2013 after the Rana Plaza building collapse, held its third meeting last week. A joint conclusion has been issued by the Compact members: Bangladesh Government, the European Union, the US, Canada and International Labour Organization (ILO). The ‘Joint Conclusion’  issued by the partners would be served as “a set of commitments and priorities” for ensuing respect for labour rights, occupational safety and […]

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Accessory players fully geared up to support garment industry in its growth spurt

Accessory and packaging is an integral part of the apparel industry, providing the much-needed backward linkage. And for the Bangladesh garment sector – aiming to achieve US $ 50 billion in exports by 2021 – it attains even more significance. The accessory industry has not only risen to the challenge, but has been responsive in investing in new areas to keep pace with the expansion plans of the garmenting sector. The most recent being the […]

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Bangladesh garment industry to get Euro 7 million aid from Germany

German Government will provide Euro 7 million financial support to Bangladesh. The amount would be given through Germany’s KfW (formerly known as KfW Bankengruppe, a German Government-owned development bank) and GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation, which supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development) under the project “Financing of Environment and Safety Retrofits in the Bangladesh Readymade Garment (RMG) Sector”. Economic Relations Division (ERD) Bangladesh and German […]

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GBOS Laser: Customer-centric and expertise the key

Participating for the first time in any garment technology fair, GBOS Laser is determined to capture the opportunity to expand the market in Bangladesh. As a global laser intelligent solution provider, GBOS has also opened a direct office in Bangladesh to serve their customers better and to support agents. Catering to the needs of garment industry, GBOS offers laser machines for garment labels, denim jeans and footwear as well. The company offers a special machine […]

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Face-to-Face with AKM Ahsanul Hoque

AOB: What according to you are the thrust areas in the field of CSR as far as garment industry is concerned? AH: In the last one year or so, many Bangladeshi garment manufacturers have applied for LEED certification which is reflective of the focus on environment and environmental sustainability. Initially there were hardly any green factories in Bangladesh, but today majority of the entrepreneurs are going for green facilities, which covers some parts of sustainable environment portion. Another interesting development, in […]

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The evolving scenario in CSR

What is Corporate Social Responsibility? Depending on the organisation, sector or even the country, the connotations of CSR takes different dimensions. Over the years, if the very definition and principles of CSR have undergone massive changes, growing from a narrow and often marginalized notion into a complex and multifaceted concept, so has the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh from its humble days of the early ’70s to becoming the second biggest garment exporter globally today. […]

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