Representatives from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export Association (BGMEA) have called on the government to help set up a garment village near the port city of Chittagong, and introduce measures to help organise and manage the industry in a controlled way.

The sector is the country's highest foreign exchange earner, but is blighted by a poor safety record and haphazard growth that ignores the regulations set by the BGMEA.

A report in the country's Independent newspaper says that BGMEA leaders think a garment village would help to solve the problems now being faced by the factories, and that the government should consider the proposal as a matter of urgency. Setting up factories in a dedicated area would mean that safety standards and workers rights could be enforced.