Salman Fazlur Rahman, MP, Private Industry and Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister, has said that Savar tannery industrial zone will be ready for Lather Working Group (LWG) inspection by December.” He said this at a meeting in Savar with Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, MP, in the chair on Tuesday morning. The meeting was held visiting CETP of Savar Tannery Industrial Zone.
Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun, Kamal Ahmed Majumder, State minister for industries, High official of Industry ministry, tannery owners among others were present at the time. Among them, Industries Secretary Md Abdul Halim, BSCIC Chairman Md Mostak Hasan, BUET team leader Professor Dr Md Delwar Hossain, Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association of Bangladesh President Saiful Islam, Bangladesh Tanners’ Association President Shaheen Ahmed, Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin, STIE Project Director Engineer Jitendranath Paul and Apex Group Representatives Major (retd) Mirza Anwarul Kabir.
Salman F Rahman said, “It is too late to finish the work of CETP. It was supposed to be finish even earlier, but it is not over yet. Although we have already taken proper initiative on this matter and we came to Tannery today to see the matter. Also, Tannery's work is moving the way we wanted it to.”
He also said, “Lather working group is an international organisation. They audit Tannery Industrial zone. The tannery will be inspected and certified by them. Other sectors including leather industry will also be covered under bond benefits like sarment sector.” Salman F Rahman expressed optimism, “We hoped that, export problem well be solved after getting the certificate of LWG.”
Talking over the Solid Waste of rawhide trade, Salman F Rahman said, solid waste was not a problem when it was in Hararibag area. It is a byproduct. Solid waste growing on tannery for not having space for those who work with solid waste. This problem will be resolved quickly, he added. BSS adds: Bangladesh plans to invite the global rights body, Leather Working Group (LWG) in early of the next year to examine the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) to attain the standard certificate, as the remaining development works are expected to be finished by the end of this year.
To attain the LWG certificate, decision of conducting “mock audit” at the STIE was taken at the review meeting of the implementation of the central effluent treatment plants (CETP) and overall works of STIE held at the conference room at STIE. At the meeting, the officials concerned have also been directed to adopt and implement time-based working plan in line with the result of mock audit so the required development work could be done before the LWG audit.
LWG is made up of member brands, retailers, product manufacturers, leather manufacturers, chemical suppliers and technical experts that have worked together to develop an environmental stewardship protocol specifically for the leather manufacturing industry. The LWG certification is awarded to the companies based on the points presented on factors such as solid waste management, treatment and less usage of water, chemical use and labour welfare etc. Out of 100 points, 85 bring gold certification, 75 silver and 65 bronze.
The meeting was apprised 98 percent works of the CETP has been completed and currently four modules of the CETP are working to treat wastages. Besides, installation works of the three units of the nine dewatering units have been completed while the remaining is expected to be finished within October 25.
The industries minister directed the officials concerned to complete the development works of STIE within stipulated time to tap the potentiality of the leather industry. He also asked the officials to cancel the allocation of the plots where any industry is yet to set up. Expressing his satisfaction over the ongoing pace of installing CETP at the STIE, Salman Fazlur Rahman said the whole leather industry would be brought under the LWG certification.