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Rana Plaza Anniversary: B’Desh workers’ unions demand punishment of culprits

On the eve of fourth anniversary of Rana Plaza tragedy, National Alliance For Protection of Garments Workers & Industries formed a human chain in front of Press Club at Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 23. The organization demands punishment of all culprits including Sohel Rana, the building owner who is responsible for the disastrous collapse of Rana Plaza. Also Read – Bangladesh RMG industry becoming ‘one of the safest’ in world: Alliance Presided over Abul Hossain, […]

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Bangladesh Denim Expo to open gates on May 17

Themed ‘Denim Networks’, the 6th edition of Bangladesh Denim Expo, will open its gates on 17th May, at Bashundhara International Convention City in Dhaka, to highlight the importance of developing understanding and relationships in the Denim industry. The two-day expo will also promote the importance of sustainability, addressing environmental and ecological issues that affect business apart from promoting ways to improve and develop best working practices. “This season’s expo will deliver a dynamic environment to […]

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Rana Plaza Anniversary: Bangladesh workers’ unions question safety improvement

Four years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 factory workers, labour activists and groups have expressed unhappiness over the safety scenario in the garment industry, underlining that “a lot still needs to be done to this end”. “In addressing fire safety, building safety, workers’ protection, not sufficient steps have been taken yet. Though 50 per cent of garment companies/manufacturers/exporters have taken the requisite steps in terms of remediation and […]

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Bangladesh RMG industry becoming ‘one of the safest’ in world: Alliance

Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety has observed that Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) sector is becoming one of the safest in the world. Ever since the Rana Plaza collapse, which happened exactly four years back, Bangladesh has made significant changes to ensure that garment workers would never again risk their lives just by going to work, averred Jim Moriarty, Country Director of the Alliance at a quarterly press conference held at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka. “We […]

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B’Desh’s Education Minister stresses on developing in-house experts in RMG sector

Nurul Islam Nahid, Bangladesh’s Education Minister, has urged the garment exporters to involve local youth – particularly those having skills of international standard in design and fashion – in the industry so that they can compete with other global readymade garment (RMG) exporters. The Education Minister further added that the international experts employed in making new designs in the RMG buying houses earn a lot staying in Bangladesh just on account of superior performance. “Our […]

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STAGE ERP: The unique & integrated solution for the apparel industry

Growth is good news for any industry, but it comes with its own share of challenges; more so for the apparel industry which has multiple variables intricately interwoven in the entire process-efficient handling of supply chain for quick delivery. As Bangladesh emerges as the preferred global garmenting hub riding high on the back of its phenomenal growth in the last few years, the need for well-integrated business process management software has become the much-needed requirement […]

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Radio-based campaign to address OSH issues of Bangladesh RMG workers

Initiated by the Labour and Employment Ministry and Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a radio-based campaign titled ‘Safe Workplaces, Go Ahead Bangladesh’ has been launched to raise awareness on basic Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues in the apparel sector in Bangladesh. “Efforts to improve workplace safety remain the highest priority for the Bangladesh Government. This campaign will reach out to garment workers to […]

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EU delegation praises safety efforts of Bangladesh RMG sector

A four-member delegation of European Parliament expressed satisfaction over safety efforts carried out by Bangladesh in the readymade garment (RMG) industry. The visit and subsequent praise has come ahead of the May 18 review of the Sustainability Compact which was rolled out after the Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013, and the June annual International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to be held in Geneva. “We found very positive development, and we’ll go […]

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Bangladesh’s RMG exports drop in February

According to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), readymade garments (RGM) exports from Bangladesh in the month of February this year fell from a year earlier to US $ 2.7 billion. It is 9 per cent below the Government’s monthly target. Shipments of readymade garments, comprising knitwear and woven items, totalled US $ 18.6 billion in July-February period, up 2.8 per cent from a year earlier. In the first eight months of the fiscal, the country’s exports […]

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Bangladesh Govt. forms council for RMG sector

Bangladesh Government has formed a tripartite consultative council for the ready-made garment (RMG) sector of the country. Representatives from workers, employers and the Government will be members of the council, which will be responsible for review of overall labour situation of the RMG sector and apprise the Government of the situation. This consultative council which will remain valid until further order of the Government, and will also advise the Government about the laws, rules and […]

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Export markets need to be expanded: Bangladesh PM

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has asked manufacturers to expand Bangladesh’s export market with diversified products worldwide and thereby increase export revenue. “We have to diversify our products and expand our market for boosting our export earnings alongside learning how to add value to products and increase the readymade garment (RMG) share,” she said while addressing a gathering at the recently concluded Dhaka Apparel Summit in Bangladesh. At the event, Sheikh Hasina commented that […]

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BGMEA demands duty-free access to US, Brazil markets

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman has urged US Ambassador to Bangladesh to provide duty-free access to US market for RMG products to create a win-win situation for the bilateral trade between the two countries. US is the single largest export destination for Bangladeshi products, especially apparels. A similar request has been sent to Brazilian Government as well. These countries do not have to pay any duty on cotton exports to […]

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GARMENTECH Bangladesh 2017 enthrals industry with latest technology

True to its billing as one of the best garment technology-related fairs in the subcontinent, the 16th GARMENTECH Bangladesh 2017 showcased cutting-edge technology at International Convention Centre Bashundhara, Dhaka, between January 18-21, concurrently with the 8th edition of GAP Expo-2017 and 8th edition of International Yarn & Fabric Sourcing Fair.“Productivity, safety, compliance, efficiency, value addition, product diversification, fabric sourcing and packaging solutions are the challenges the RMG sector is confronted with to exploit the opportunities […]

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BGMEA urges Government to set up industrial zones for RMG sector

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), which works with the vision to develop the RMG (readymade garment) industry of Bangladesh and the economy of the country, has urged the Government of the country to establish two industrial zones for the apparel sector near capital Dhaka and Chittagong on priority basis. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced establishing 100 industrial zones that might require time to come into operation. So we request the Government to […]

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Bangladesh RMG workers’ unrest fears retailers

At a time when Bangladesh garment industry is working hard to achieve the US $ 50 billion target by 2021 to commemorate the country’s golden jubilee of independence, the recent labour unrest in Ashulia in demand of wage hike has global retailers – accounting for half of country’s total garment exports of about US $ 28 billion yearly – reportedly expressing concern over the same. Also Read – 55 Bangladesh RMG factories shut post strikes The […]

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