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'Better Work in Textiles & Garments' launched
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May '11
Better Work in Textiles and Garments (BWTG), a project for improving the effectiveness of the textiles and garment sectors has been launched in Bangladesh.

Jointly launched by the textiles and jute ministry and the commerce industry, BWTG is funded by the EU along with Norwegian Aid agency NORAD and is implemented by UNIDO.

At the launching ceremony, Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui praised the country's workers for making the finest clothes for customers across the globe, although there is shortage of gas and power. He requested factory owners to increase the facilities provided to the workers to enable them to lead a decent life.

The Minister stressed on the need for establishment of educational institutes to produce skilled manpower to run technical and business activities.

He asked textile and garment entrepreneurs to cut dependency on foreign consultants. He further asked them to compete in the international market with other competitors, instead of competing against each other in the local market.

Mr. AH Aslam Sunny, Vice President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, who was present at the ceremony, pointed out that some programmes for enhancing productivity and social compliances to meet the demand of the buyers are currently being run by various associations.

He stressed on the need to improve the efficiency of mid-level management, while adding that the country's experience about trade unions is not that good.

Commending the garment sector as a success story of Bangladesh, Mr. David Yuen-Hoi Lee, project manager of BWTG-BEST, UNIDO, Vienna, said that Bangladesh will now have to “compete with Cambodia and Vietnam, who are working very hard to remain competitive worldwide.”

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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