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Japan Cos urged to source ‘Made in Bangladesh’

Published : 09 Apr 2023 12:59 AM

Ambassador Shahabuddin Ahmed has urged Japanese companies to source more “Made in Bangladesh” quality products from Dhaka.

The Bangladesh ambassador was addressing a seminar titled “Sustainable Factory and Prospects of ‘Made in Bangladesh’ products in Japan at the Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, the embassy said on Saturday.

The Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan and RX Japan Ltd., in collaboration with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), UNIDO ITPO Tokyo and Japan Textile Importers Association (JTIA) organised the event on the sidelines of the Fashion World Tokyo (FaW), Spring, 2023 held from April 5-7 at the Tokyo Big Sight.

This is the largest trade show for the fashion industry in Japan gathering all kinds of fashion wear, apparel, bag, shoes, textile, leather, fashion accessory and fashion sourcing from all over the world, with around 600 exhibitors.

 Under the market development initiative of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh, 17 exporters belonging to the apparel industry as well as leather goods are participating in this fair.

 The ambassador mentioned that Bangladesh is home to the world's highest number of sustainable factories having 8 of the world's top 10 sustainable factories. “Bangladesh is serving all major global fashion brands and exporting Garments, Leather and Jute products with “Made in Bangladesh” tag to over 150 countries,” he said.

 Bangladesh and Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations last year.

Many Japanese have been involved and worked hard for the development of Bangladesh for 50 years as “true friends”.

 Katsuhiko Murayama, Director, Southwest Asia Office, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan and Yoshiaki Kamiyama, Senior Researcher, JTIA gave remarks and highlighted Bangladesh’s economic progress and potentials at the seminar.

 Masahiro Hiraishi, President, Maruhisa Co. Ltd. presented on business experiences in Bangladesh while Dr. Ariful Haque, Minister (Commerce) of the Embassy delivered a presentation on sustainable factories in Bangladesh and opportunities for Japanese companies as well as support services to Japanese companies by the embassy. Around 100 participants attended the seminar.

“EPB has been participating in the fair with a good number of exporters along with leading sector players for over a decade,” the embassy said.

“To retain the prevailing market share and augment our export to the Japan market, Fashion World Tokyo will play a significant role.”