US clothing retailer Gap Inc has reiterated its commitment to buying garments from Bangladesh and working with stakeholders including vendors to improve building and fire safety standards across the country's garment manufacturing factories.  

The comments were made during a visit to the country last month by Bobbi Silten, a senior vice-president at Gap.

"We've been assured by the Gap executive [of higher] orders from Bangladesh in the near future," Faruque Hassan, vice president of the BGMEA, told just-style.

According to Bangladesh's Commerce Minister, Gap bought garments worth more than US$500m from Bangladesh in fiscal year 2011-12.

Last month the specialty clothing retailer announced a programme to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector.

Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), president of the BGMEA, also told just-style that commitment from global buyers like Gap will help to strengthen the BGMEA's own ongoing fire safety programme.