'Buyers must project real image of B'desh RMG sector'

23 Mar '16
3 min read

Bangladesh has urged global stakeholders to act and deliver in the spirit of shared responsibility for shared prosperity to project the real picture of the country's RMG sector.

"The average price of readymade clothing has dropped at least 15 per cent in European and American high streets, superstores and supply chains in the last 15 years, which should have been on the contrary," State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said at the dialogue on 'Sustainable Workforce and Supply Chain Reforms for Vision 2021'-part of a day-long seminar titled 'Ethics, Efficiency and Productivity in the RMG sector: Towards $50 billion Exports by 2021'.

Alam said Bangladesh has been serving Western countries by proving cheaper clothes for long, now they cannot run away. "Some of the buyers, who were buying clothes from the factories housed at collapsed Rana Plaza refused to pay compensation after the tragedy, we needed two plus years to get the compensation from them," he said.

“Help us and focus on creating a factual, genuine narrative of Bangladesh readymade garments and textiles industries,” he said. He observed that Bangladesh faces a challenge of image and perception of the RMG industry in the global market.

Alam said that Bangladesh is implementing sustainable development goals (SDG) by setting up $50 billion RMG export goals. Poverty and hunger eradication, women empowerment and many other SDGs targets will be achieved by the target.

Alam observed that the industry was on the path of “transformation”, and in the process “hundreds of factory buildings are coming with global standard and compliance with environmental requirements”.

Other speakers at the dialogue in Dhaka said there is a need for both Bangladeshi garment industry and foreign buyers to follow an ethical code to ensure a sustainable supply chain. It is not Bangladesh's responsibility alone to uphold those ethics, they said.

They also said that Bangladesh has been helping western buyers by providing the cheapest clothes amid recession. But western buyers are blaming the country's RMG industry instead of helping out for sustainability and fair price. They urged researchers to focus on the fair price and implementation of business ethics in every sphere of supply chain, which would help the RMG industry.

Dhaka University, Monash University, Australia and University of Warwick, UK jointly organised the dialogue. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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