19 May 2024, 18:50

BGMEA urges EU to continue support for RMG sector development

DHAKA, May 19, 2024 (BSS) - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President S.M. Mannan (Kochi) has called upon the European Union (EU) to continue its support for Bangladesh's RMG industry, particularly by extending the transition period from the Everything But Arms (EBA) to GSP Plus.

This extension is crucial to ensure that Bangladesh can sustain its economic growth even after graduating from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category, he said.

Mannan said this when a high-level delegation comprising ambassadors and representatives from the European Union, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Italy met him today, said a press release.

The delegation included Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley, Ambassador of Denmark Christian Brix-Moller, Ambassador of Germany Achim Troster, Ambassador of Italy Antonio Alessando, Ambassador of Sweden Alexandra Berg Von Linde, Charg, d'affaires of the Netherlands Embassy Thijs Woudstra, Deputy Head of EU Delegation Bernd Spanier, Commercial Attach, at the Spanish Embassy Esther P,rez Tahoces and Trade Advisor to EU Delegation to Bangladesh Abu Syed Belal.

The meeting, held at BGMEA Complex today, saw active participation from leaders of BGMEA including Senior Vice President Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Arshad Jamal (Dipu), Vice President (Finance) Md. Nasir Uddin, Vice President Miran Ali, Vice President Abdullah Hil Rakib, Directors Asif Ashraf, Md. Imranur Rahman, Shovon Islam, Haroon Ar Rashid, Mohammad Sohel Sadat, Md. Ashikur Rahman (Tuhin), Shams Mahmud, Abrar Hossain Sayem, Md. Mohiuddin Rubel, Barrister Shehrin Salam Oishee, Md. Nurul Islam, Saifuddin Siddiquie Sagar, Md. Rezaul Alam (Miru), and Chairman of BGMEA Standing Committee on ILO and Labour Affairs A N M Saifuddin,

During the meeting, the BGMEA President provided an overview of Bangladesh's ready-made garment (RMG) industry, emphasizing recent developments in workplace safety, and workers' well-being.

He sought cooperation from the EU envoy to build capacity of the industry to deal better with due diligence directive and other emerging protocols.

The BGMEA President expressed gratitude to the EU, acknowledging its significant role as a long-standing friend and major development partner of Bangladesh.

He also requested the envoys to engage with European buyers to ensure fair pricing and ethical sourcing.

The BGMEA leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the partnership with the EU on shared goals.


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