The Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) has called for an urgent meeting between all stakeholders in the country's apparel sector in a bid to prevent future fires after at least 111 people were killed in a blaze at Tazreen Fashion at the weekend.

BEF president Fazlul Hoque, a former president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), said buyers have already expressed their concern over the fire at Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka.

He was speaking to just-style yesterday (27 November) after a meeting with Dan Mozena, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh.

"I think there are important lessons to be learnt from the incident, and I am hopeful that these lessons will be learnt to ensure continuous growth in this industry," Mozena told reporters after the meeting with the BEF leaders.

The BEF deals with a wide range of activities covering social, industrial relations, labour, employment and economic issues. Its members include 115 companies and 14 groups including the BGMEA and the BKMEA (Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association).

Apparel makers have already talked to the International Labour Organization (ILO) about ways to improve and strengthen fire safety measures in the garment sector. A meeting between worker, employer and government representatives is likely to be held in January, just-style has been told.