BGMEA urges EU to continue support for RMG sector dev

Published : 19 May 2024 10:17 PM | Updated : 19 May 2024 10:17 PM

BGMEA President SM Mannan (Kochi) on Sunday urged 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.  

Kochi made the call during a view exchange meeting with a high-level delegation comprising ambassadors and representatives from the European Union, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Italy as they visited the office of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

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 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, Chargé d'affaires of the Netherlands Embassy Thijs Woudstra, Deputy Head of EU Delegation Bernd Spanier, Commercial Attaché at the Spanish Embassy Esther Pérez Tahoces and Trade Advisor to EU Delegation to Bangladesh Abu Syed Belal.

Leaders of BGMEA including Senior Vice President Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Arshad Jamal (Dipu), Vice President (Finance) Md. NasirUddin, 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,

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.