A German parliamentary delegation has added to calls for higher safety standards in Bangladesh's clothing industry following a series of recent factory fires.

Germany is the second largest buyer of Bangladesh-made garments after the United States.

According to official data, Bangladesh exported apparel products worth US$3.4bn to the largest economy in Europe in the last fiscal year 2011/12.

During a visit to the country this week, German members of parliament discussed "the economic development of Bangladesh, micro-credit, social standards and compliance in the ready-made garment industry, transport and connectivity, and disaster prevention," the German embassy said in a statement.

Following the factory fire at Tazreen Fashion last November, the European Parliament has asked Bangladeshi authorities to put in place health and safety measures to prevent similar tragedies.

A similar resolution was also adopted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the last month.