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  24 Jan 2023, 18:48

BGMEA urges Primark to step up partnership with Bangladeshi suppliers

DHAKA, Jan 24, 2023 (BSS) - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters 
Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan today urged Primark to step up 
partnership with Bangladeshi suppliers in product diversification and 
sustainability.

Faruque requested Primark to increase sourcing apparel, especially more 
diversified value-added products from Bangladesh.
 
He also urged the globally renowned clothing brand to strengthen partnership 
with their suppliers in Bangladesh to produce more innovative high-end 
products.
 
The BGMEA president also requested Primark to build long-term partnership 
with their suppliers to support them in scaling up capacity in the area of 
sustainability in products and processes.
 
The call was made when a delegation of Primark and Associated British Foods 
(ABF) met with BGMEA President Faruque Hassan at BGMEA Complex at Uttara in 
the capital today, said a press release.

The delegation included Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Primark Paul 
Marchant, Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary of ABF Paul 
Lister, its Group Corporate Responsibility Director Katharine Stewart, Group 
Product Director of Primark Steve Lawton, Group Director of Planning and 
Space Jon Rolls, Head of Policy and Public Affairs of Primark Emma Ormond, 
its Head Of Sourcing Matthew Rhodes, and Country Controller of Primark 
Filippo Poggi. 

BGMEA Vice-President Miran Ali and Director Faisal Samad were also present at 
the meeting.
 
They discussed the current state of the industry, its challenges and 
prospects. 

They also had discussions on how Primark and BGMEA could step up their 
collaboration to achieve common goals in the area of sustainability to make 
positive impacts on the economy, environment and improve the lives of the 
workers in the supply chain.

They expressed optimism of working together to create a win-win situation for 
Primark and the industry.
 
Faruque highlighted the strategic vision of the BGMEA that aims to accelerate 
the growth of the RMG industry making it more sustainable and competitive 
with innovation and technology.
 
He called upon Primark to support the Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and 
OSH (CIEOSH).
 
The centre established by the BGMEA aims to support Bangladesh's RMG industry 
with knowledge and technological know-how to enhance its competitiveness in 
the global markets.
 

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