The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has finally confirmed the make-up of its new committee after several missed deadlines.

The group, which represents the garment manufacturers and exporters in Bangladesh and says it has around 4,222 member factories, has named Siddiqur Rahman, managing director of Sterling Denims, as its next president. He was previously the vice-president of the outgoing committee.

Rahman replaces Atiq Islam who ended his tenure as BGMEA president earlier this year.

Unusually, instead of the two-year term, Rahman will take charge for one year. In another change, the new committee includes 35 directors and vice-presidents, up from 27 on its previous board.

According to BGMEA, the new executives will step into their new roles for 2015/16 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 22 September.

The outgoing board should have been replaced in March, but elections were postponed three times. Local media blamed delays in submitting an updated voters’ list to the commerce ministry.

Reports also say that the two main contenders decided to split the presidency into two one-year terms rather than wait for a vote.

Other members of the committee include Moinuddin Ahmed, managing director of MN Knitwears Ltd, who has been elected as the first vice-president and Faruque Hassan, managing director of Giant Apparels Ltd, as senior vice-president.

Outgoing BGMEA president Atiq Islam was elected in March 2013, a month before the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building.

But his time in office was dominated by international criticism of the industry’s lack of engagement in the process of making garment factories safer and empowering workers.

There have also been tensions between local factory owners and international remedial efforts by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

The BGMEA has been increasingly outspoken about what it sees as unfair costs imposed on factories to upgrade their facilities and ensure workers earn a better wage, and believes buyers should be paying higher prices for the garments they source from Bangladesh.

In June this year, frustrations came to a head when Islam reportedly criticised the Accord as a "big problem" for Bangladesh’s readymade apparel industry, accusing it of imposing "impossible tasks" on factories and interfering in management matters.

At the same meeting, Bangladesh's finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is said to have described the same initiative as a "noose" around the neck of the garment industry.

But it wasn’t the first time the disagreements spilled into the public domain. Last year Islam suggested labour rights activists who raise concerns internationally about the alleged harassment of workers in Bangladesh garment factories should be prosecuted for sedition – remarks described as "outrageous and unacceptable" by the US State Department.