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Bangladesh gets Dutch aid for 'cleaner' RMG production
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May '12
Bangladesh will get assistance from the Dutch Government for facilitating cleaner production in its readymade garment (RMG) sector.

Bangladesh has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) involving US$ 6.5 million with the Netherlands Government for undertaking cleaner production of apparels in the country.

The project aims at implementing 'clean' and 'responsible' production mechanisms in Bangladesh's garment industry so as to raise its long-term competitiveness and sustainability. It would help the factories to upgrade to cleaner production practices and invest in technologies that ensure much less water consumption.

With over 1,700 apparel washing, dyeing and finishing units that discharge about 56 million tons of untreated water every year, the textile and garment sector is considered the second most polluting industry in Bangladesh, next to tanneries.

Such discharge of polluted water by garment manufacturing units not only adversely impacts the lives of workers, but also of over six million people staying in the vicinity.

Netherlands International Cooperation Minister Ben Knapen, who signed the MoU with Bangladesh's Planning Minister AK Khandker in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said they aim to promote cleaner production practices ensuring reduced water consumption, efficient use of power and lesser chemical discharge.

The project for cleaner RMG production practices would be implemented by International Finance Corporation (IFC) together with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Export Oriented Garments Washing Industries Owners Association (BEOGWIOA), Dutch NGO Solidaridad and 12 other leading garment brands.

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