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August 4, 2022

‘Made in Bangladesh’ sourcing event aims to break new ground

A new sourcing event taking place in Bangladesh later this year aims to break new ground in terms of scope, scale and ambition.

By Michelle Russell

‘Made in Bangladesh Week’ will showcase sustainability strides being made by Bangladesh garment makers and comprises 17 physical events including conferences, expositions, fashion runway shows, sustainable design and innovation awards, and factory tours.

Organised by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in partnership with Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE), the event will take place from 12-18 November in Dhaka.

Featuring the third Dhaka Apparel Summit, the Dhaka Apparel Expo, and the Bangladesh Denim Expo, the event represents a major branding exercise for Bangladesh’s burgeoning garment manufacturing industry as it looks to position itself as the first-choice apparel sourcing hub for global fashion retailers.

“In recent years, we have undergone a massive transformation in workplace safety, environmental, sustainability and compliance issues,” says Faruque Hassan, president of the BGMEA. “Our vision for the next decade is to pursue new areas of opportunity, growth, and excellence. Modernisation, innovation, diversification and technological upgrade are vital, as we also prioritise the health, education and wellbeing of our workers.

“The apparel industry in Bangladesh is making significant strides toward sustainable manufacturing and continues to build a resilient ecosystem for the key stakeholders within the supply chain,” Hassan continues. “We believe that sustainability is not only about fulfilling social, ecological and community obligations; it is also about building a strategic coalition among the broader stakeholders toward a sustainable, resilient, modern, fair and equitable supply chain.”

Mostafiz Uddin, founder & CEO of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) and Bangladesh Denim Expo adds: “We are breaking new ground with this seminal event. With fashion sourcing teams and other executives facing constant demands on their time, we wanted to provide a series of physical shows, exhibitions, seminars, networking opportunities, factory tours and much more, all in one location over the course of a few days.”

Made in Bangladesh Week is the first branding event of the Bangladesh Apparel Industry dedicated solely to celebrating and showcasing the groundbreaking, newest innovations, compliance, and sustainable developments of the RMG sector in the global market.

The event aims to promote the apparel industry of Bangladesh locally and globally by showcasing the compelling stories of the ready-made garments sector, especially its strides in the areas of workplace safety, environmental sustainability and workers’ wellbeing.

The event is expected to draw a gathering of more than a thousand people from Bangladesh and elsewhere, including key stakeholders in the local and global fashion industry.

Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing industry has undergone a renaissance in recent times. Significant strides have been made in technological innovation, eco-friendly production, worker welfare and factory safety. Visitors to the event will also witness the launch of the BGMEA Innovation Centre.

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.

Details of ‘Made in Bangladesh’ can be found here.

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