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'Skilled workforce need of the hour' – BGMEA chief
Mar '11
The outgoing head of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has called on the government to take measures for building a skilled workforce in the readymade garment (RMG) industry to sustain the development of the country's leading export sector.

Abdus Salam Murshedy, President of the country's major apparel export association said that, there is no other substitute for sustaining the growth of the sector, other than creation of skilled workforce.

He revealed that, presently around one fourth of overall capacity of the garment units remain unutilized due to unavailability of skilled workers, and hence urged the government to initiate measures for creation of skilled workforce.

Of the 3.5 million workers who are presently employed in the country's garment industry, 17,000 are skilled foreign workers, he said while stressing on the need to set up new training centres which would support generation of skilled workforce.

The BGMEA President while recommending formation of a separate ministry for the garment sector said that, constitution of such separate ministry would help them to regulate all their activities from one place through introduction of 'one-window service'.

He said that institution of a separate ministry would even help the industry to attract more investments.

He even recommended establishment of Bangladeshi embassies in some of the countries which have recently started importing garments from Bangladesh.

Further, Murshedy revealed that, the industry has penetrated into many new markets in different countries, including in Chile and Mexico. However, they have been confronting difficulties due to lack of Bangladeshi embassies in many of those countries, he said and added that, setting up of embassies in those countries would facilitate expansion of trade there.

The association head even stated that, India each year needs around US$28 billion worth of garments, and hence it would be beneficial for the Bangladeshi RMG sector if it could tap the Indian markets.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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