Dhaka, [28 November 2022]: With the collective promise to attain equitable growth, the Made in Bangladesh Week ended in Dhaka on November 18, 2022.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacurers and Exporter Association (BGMEA), in partnership Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE), organized the Week between 12th – 18th November 2022 which included events such as Dhaka Apparel Summit, the 37th International Apparel Federation (IAF) World Fashion Convention, Bangladesh Denim Expo, Dhaka Apparel Expo, Sustainable Design and Innovation Award, Made in Bangladesh Photography Award, NRB Award, Fashion Innovation Runway Show, The Sustainable Leadership (TSL) Award, Factory, Fashion & Heritage Exhibition, Green Factory Tours, and Global Launching of BGMEA Innovation Centre.
The week-long initiative with the theme “Care for Fashion” was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, MP on 13th November 2022. The PM in her inauguration speech said : “When Bangladesh graduates from the ranks of LDCs [least developed countries], some benefits it currently has will be discontinued, but more opportunities will come after that.”
Noting that Bangladesh is setting up 100 economic zones in different parts of the country, she said, “We want local and foreign investments in these 100 zones.”
The Adviser to Prime Minister on Private Industry and Investment Salman F Rahman as a special guest in the inauguration ceremony said : “The BGMEA has declared its vision of achieving USD 100 billion apparel export by 2030 which is very much possible if we all the stakeholders work together from now onwards.”
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan in his speech highlighted the progress of Bangladesh apparel industry in safety and sustainability in recent years. “We are now nalso focusing on optimum use of resources, including making a shift from linear to circular model of business as Bangladesh apparel industry generates about 440 million tons of pre-consumer waste every year.”
Dhaka Apparel Summit gave Bangladeshi policy makers, apparel manufacturers, buyers and stakeholders a platform to discuss the stories of transformation and progress in workplace safety, workers’ wellbeing, environmental sustainability and innovation, and to decide the ways forward for the sustainable development of Bangladesh apparel industry. Speakers of the Summit include Md Shahriar Alam, MP, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh; Anne-Laure Descours, Chief Sourcing Officer, PUMA; Francisco Javier Losada Montero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Inditex; Monique Leewenburgh, Director of Sourcing, Tech and Sustainability in Clothing & Home, M&S – London; Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework, WTO; Katharine Stewart, Group Corporate Responsibility Director, Associated British Foods Plc; Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh; Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister; Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh; H.E. Anne van Leeuwen, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh; H.E. Winnie Estrup Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh; H.E. Riaz Hamidullah, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands; Peter McAllister, Executive Director, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI); Jill Tucker, Head of Labour Rights Programme, Laudes Foundation; Ziaur Rahman, Regional Country Manager Production (Bangladesh, Pakistan and Africa), H&M; Laura Husband, Managing Editor, Just Style;
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) envisions to achieve USD 100 billion export target by the year 2030, that will be about 10 per cent of the global apparel market share. The Made in Bangladesh Week provided industry stakeholders across the world an opportunity to see the take off of the vision as Bangladesh continues to pursue new areas of expansion, manufacturing excellence and sustainable growth.
In the TSL which was organized by GIZ, Bangladesh, a total of 18 factories were awarded for their exemplary practices in social, environmental excellence and excellence in innovation.
The winners of the TSL are Vintage Denim Studio, Ananta Garments, Epyllion Knitwear, Envoy Textiles, Color City, Matin Spinning Mills, SIMCO Spinning and Textiles, KARUPANNYA Rangpur, Beximco Recover and Square Fashions.
The runners-up are Echotex, Pacific Jeans, Flamingo Fashions, Zaber & Zubair Fabrics, Universal Jeans, KARUPANNYA Rangpur, JM Fabrics, Jinnat Fashions and SQ Celsius.
Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury handed over the awards to the winners.
In Sustainable Design and Innovation Award the country’s apparel design talents both in professional and student categories were recognized and awarded. The winners and runner-ups here were selected under an exhaustive jury process.
In the Made in Bangladesh Week Photography Award the country’s young best photographers were awarded who were also judged by a jury panel comprised of veteran photographers.
In the NRB Award three non-resident Bangladeshis namely Kishwar Chowdhury, Chef, Writer and Food Creater; Omar Ishrak, Chairman of the Board, Intel; and Mohammed Mahtabur Rahman (Nasir), Chairman & Managing Director of Al Haramain Perfumes Group of Companies and Chairman of NRB Bank Limited were awarded for their outstanding contribution and branding Bangladesh to the world by their work.
In the Fashion Innovation Runway Show 10 apparel entities showcased their sustainable and innovative products. The factories are Epic Group, PDS Limited, Noize Jeans, Epyllion Group, Crony Group, Sparrow Group, Centro Group, Impress Newtex Group, Ananta Group and AKH Group.
The BGMEA Centre of Innovation Efficiency and Occupational Safety and Health (CIEOSH) was globally launched by Commerce Minister of Bangladesh Tipu Munshi, MP, on 18th November 2022.
“We have a huge achievement in the RMG sector, while the Rana Plaza collapse changed the scenario. After the disaster, we gradually improved our workplace environment,” the minister said while speaking as the chief guest at the program.
Tipu Munshi laid emphasis on ensuring occupational safety in achieving the target of USD 100 billion in export earnings by 2030 in the apparel sector.
The Week concluded with the global launching of the BGMEA innovation centre.