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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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55 Bangladesh RMG factories shut post strikes

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President, Md. Siddiqur Rahman recently announced that on behalf of the owners 55 ready-made garment factories in Savar’s Ashulia area were shut down in accordance with 13 (1) Provision of Bangladesh Labour Law, 2006. As per the provision, an employer may, in the event of an illegal strike in any section or department of any establishment, close down either wholly or partly such section or establishment. And, during […]

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Accord axes ties with 7 more Bangladeshi garment factories

The Accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh has severed ties with another seven garment suppliers for their failure to implement workplace safety measures. The factories with which business has reportedly been suspended are Haesong Group, Tuba Garments Ltd., Rock Knitwear Ltd., Riverside Apparels, MS Attires Ltd., Anam Garments Ltd., and Ashulia Apparels. It may be noted that these garment factories were inspected for fire, electrical and structural safety by the Accord in 2014, […]

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Development partners intend to continue Bangladesh RMG sector support

Even as ‘Improving Working Conditions in the Bangladesh Readymade Garment Sector Programme’ implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by Canada, Netherlands and United Kingdom is coming to an end in June 2017, representatives of the Governments of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the UK along with ILO recently signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to continue efforts to improve conditions in the Bangladesh readymade garment industry. Also Read – ILO launches project on workplace relations in […]

December 14, 2016

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ILO launches project on workplace relations in Bangladesh RMG sector

Aiming to create improved workplace relations in the Bangladesh apparel sector by enhancing dialogue between the Government, employers and workers, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in support with Sweden and Denmark, adopted a five-year-long project – ‘Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in Bangladesh Readymade Garment Industry Project’, launched recently in Dhaka. Also Read – New initiative to enhance workplace rights and industrial relations in Bangladesh The five year-long project is expected to develop dialogue mechanisms […]

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Bangladesh RMG sector is completely safe now: Tofail Ahmed

Underlining that no serious accident took place in Bangladesh’s RMG sector since the Rana Plaza disaster while also mentioning that recent inspections in 3,800 RMG factories showed that only 32 factories have safety and security problems, Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed declared that the country’s apparel sector is now fully safe. “We consistently tried to ensure such a scenario and made it possible successfully,” reportedly said Ahmed while speaking as the Chief Guest at the […]

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Bangladesh RMG workers to get BDT 5 lakh compensation for accidental death

In case of unnatural death at workplace, workers employed in the readymade garment (RMG) sector of Bangladesh will get at least BDT 5 lakh as compensation, stated State Minister for Labour and Employment, Mujibul Haque Chunnu. “The workers, who would be victims of accidental deaths at their workplaces in RMG factories will get BDT 5 lakh from January next year,” said Chunnu at a launch event on industrial relations in Dhaka recently, adding that the […]

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Analysts highlight Bangladesh RMG sector’s potential in employing disabled people

Highlighting the role the flourishing garment industry of Bangladesh can play in employing people with disabilities, experts underlined companies should employ more people with disabilities as experience shows they are as productive as any other normal employee. This the analysts said in a discussion – Contributing to Inclusive Economic Growth in the Textile Sector for Sustainable Development – in Dhaka recently, organised by German international development agency GIZ in association with the Centre for Disability […]

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Labour demand in Bangladesh RMG sector to touch 74.56 lakh in 10 years

According to a study conducted by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), demand for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers will be 1.71 crore in the fiscal year 2025-26 for nine sectors in the country with RMG (readymade garment) industry accounting for highest labour demand, touching 74.56 lakh (10 years later), which is currently a little over 41 lakh. Presenting the outcome of the study titled Analysis of Skills Gap: Sectoral Findings, at a technical […]

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