The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has appointed Faruque Hassan as its president-elect following the results of a bi-yearly election.

Hassan, managing director of apparel manufacturer Giant Group, will hold the post until 2023. He takes over from Rubana Huq.

Hassan secured 24 posts of directors while his opposing panel won 11 posts.

The voters elected 35 directors. A president and seven vice-presidents will be picked from the elected directors. Some 86.56% of votes were cast in the election held in Dhaka zone and in Chattogram.

"I thank all my voters. I congratulate my members who voted for me. I want to unite the BGMEA to face the challenges and help the sector grow," said Hassan after the announcement of the election results.

The polls started at 9 am and continued till 7 pm without any break on 4 April 2021, maintaining health and hygiene guidelines.

The new board will take over on 20 April 2021.

Last week, the BGMEA announced a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch a garment sector sustainability report that aims to consolidate the industry's approach to sustainability reporting.