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AZM Anas

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The new minimum monthly pay for leather and footwear sector workers is US$84Bangladesh footwear industry raises minimum wage rate 25 September 2020

The Bangladesh leather and footwear sector says it can afford to pay new minimum wages for the leather sector, with the industry association being upbeat about implementing the new system and remaining "compliant."

Bangladesh apparel exporters are contemplating broadening their focus to ASEAN marketsBangladesh exporters looking east as western alliances sour 3 September 2020

Bangladesh's apparel exporters are contemplating diversifying their past tight focus on western markets to include buyers in Southeast Asia as they emerge from the Covid-19 crisis. 

In the 10 months to April 2020, Bangladesh apparel exports have dropped 14.08% to US$24.48bnBangladesh seeks EU help to curb garment order cancellations 18 May 2020

The Bangladesh government has taken the unusual step of asking the European Parliament to use its influence to try to persuade European clothing brands to be more sensitive about the impact of cancelling orders with Bangladesh-based suppliers during the Covid-19 crisis.

Bangladesh's garment sector employs more than 4m workersBangladesh factories told to operate despite lockdown 27 March 2020

Bangladesh has ordered thousands of clothing factories to continue production throughout a 10-day countrywide lockdown in force since Thursday (26 March) aimed at slowing the spread of new coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Dr Rubana Huq is the first woman to head one of Bangladesh’s biggest garment associationsBangladesh garment group's new boss has big agenda – Interview 30 August 2019

Months after taking the reins as president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), businesswoman Dr Rubana Huq tells just-style of her priorities for the next two years – from factory safety, to exploring new markets, increasing sustainability, and promoting innovation in the world’s second largest clothing exporter.

The new guidelines insist subcontractors join either the BGMEA or the BKMEANew Bangladesh guidelines on garment subcontracting 19 July 2019

A new guideline aimed at stemming unauthorised subcontracting in Bangladesh’s textile and clothing sector will help control its "unplanned" expansion – but at a risk of increased costs and lost jobs, industry owners warn.

There are fears the Bangladesh gas price hike will push up production costsBangladesh gas price hike sparks fear among manufacturers 16 July 2019

A swingeing 32.8% hike in the average price of natural gas in Bangladesh from 1 July has stoked anger among clothing and textile manufacturers, producers and trade unions, raising concern it could damage the competitiveness of their US$34bn industry. 

Leather is Bangladesh's second-largest export-earning sector after ready-made garmentsBangladesh leather sector lags on health and safety 19 June 2019

With decent working conditions eluding Bangladesh's booming leather industry, an advocacy group has suggested forming a tripartite body involving the government, manufacturers and unions to help improve the sector's health and environmental safety standards.

Some 280 Bangladesh factories are in the process of getting LEED-certifiedGreen factories help Bangladesh get an edge over rivals 11 March 2019

The Rana Plaza tragedy pushed Bangladesh’s US$30bn clothing industry into making health and safety improvements to reassure brands they would not be tarnished by similar disasters – and now the industry is going a step further by seeking to establish a reputation for environmental excellence.

Bangladesh garment workers have rejected the latest wage proposalBangladesh RMG workers reject latest wage proposal 19 July 2018

Bangladesh's garment owners and trade unions are far apart in the fraught ongoing minimum wage negotiations, proposing pay floors that are widely divergent.

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