A series of workshops and seminars is being planned in Bangladesh to help develop the skills of local denim designers and developers in the world's second largest manufacturer of denim products.

The sessions are being set up alongside the upcoming Bangladesh Denim Expo in Dhaka in November, and are part of the organiser's vision to help build a skilled yet competitive workforce to support growing international demand for denim fabric.

"One of the long term objectives of Bangladesh Denim Expo has always been to nurture local talents and help educate them," explains Md Mostafiz Uddin, CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo. "The purpose of organising these workshops and seminars is to achieve this objective."

Bangladesh currently boasts 26 denim producing factories representing a total investment of over US$834m, with a monthly production of 30m yards, he says.

"This productive effort in Bangladesh needs to be supported by a strong drive towards cultural improvement."

The workshops and seminars will cover a topics including denim style and trend direction, denim fabric trends, evolutions in finishing, and advances in sustainability and technical know-how.

For its next edition on 8-9 November at International Convention City in Dhaka, the Bangladesh Denim Expo is set to double in size with 100 exhibitors offering a one-stop sourcing platform for all aspects of jeanswear.