A new centre for innovation, efficiency and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is to be developed in Bangladesh to enhance the competitiveness of the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) industry.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the WTO Cell, the Ministry of Commerce and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to establish such a facility.

The Centre for Innovation, Efficiency and OSH will work to enhance the knowledge of future production leaders of the country. It also aims to increase the efficiency of a manufacturing plant in the field of industrial engineering and resource efficiency coupled with OSH. The centre will arrange vocational and on-the-job training for graduates of Industrial and Production Planning Engineering and Textile Engineering from different universities of the country.

The centre aims to build capacity of the industry to achieve the level of excellence in the area of product particularly through the use of disruptive technologies like 3D designing and virtual prototyping, which “is the need of the hour,” said the BGMEA. This will support the industry for further optimising cost and lead time to a significant extent, it added.

Meanwhile, a pilot programme will be launched through the new facility under the supervision of what is described as a “renowned fashion designer”, with the goal to transform local heritage into high-end fashion pieces with global appeal.

“The ultimate objective will be to create a brand story to redefine what it means to purchase from Bangladesh and increase digital presence on social media platforms. The initiative will endeavour to build capacity of the mid-level management as well as workforce of the factories in the relevant field,” the BGMEA said.