Dhaka, May 21 (UNB)- Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Rubana Huq on Tuesday urged workers’ leaders to refrain from complaining about internal problems to foreigners.
“Foreign buyers don’t increase the rate even though our production cost has increased immensely. If you complain to buyers than they get a chance to bargain and reduce prices,” she told a roundtable on national budget at Jatiya Press Club.
Rubana said the owners should be united. “But sadly, we aren’t and that’s a barrier to the industry’s development,” she said.
The BGMEA chief said that the organisation will take all initiatives if the workers inform it of their demands first.
“The welfare of the workers means the industry’s wellbeing. Don’t create any violence. I’m with you,” she said.
Centre for Policy Dialogue Research Director Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem demanded increasing budget allocation for workers.
“It won’t require a huge amount. Community based development is needed in the industry,” he said
Moazzem said that it is time to raise voice together for increasing prices of products.
Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, president of Bangladesh Textile Garments Workers Federation, put forth several proposals including starting ration system for workers.
“We’ve submitted our demands to the Finance Ministry. We’ll submit these to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as soon as possible,” he said.
ZM Kamrul Anam, president of Bangladesh Textile and Garments Workers League, urged the government to increase budget allocation for garment workers.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB)- A member of Boarder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) won a brand new car after purchasing a Walton brand refrigerator under the ongoing nationwide Digital Campaign Season-4.
The winner is identified as Abdul Momin Bacchu, a member of BGB 4 Battalion in Feni.
Walton announced the offer on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr where lucky customers can get new car on their newly purchased refrigerators and freezers from any Walton plaza or distributors’ outlet across the country.
The campaign is also offering sure cash vouchers up to Tk 1 lakh or free products like fridge, television, air conditioner etc.
Abdul Momin Bacchu purchased a 11 cft refrigerator from Walton Plaza of Kishoreganj branch at Tk 23,800 on May 11 and took part in the digital registration process through sending SMS from his mobile phone with the details of his name and purchased refrigerator.
After a while, Bachchu received a SMS from Walton confirming his win of the car.
Kishoreganj’s Additional District Magistrate Md Habibur Rahman, Kishoreganj’s Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Mahadi Hasan, Walton Group’s Executive Directors Humayun Kabir and Mohammad Rayhan handed over the key of the new car to Bachchu at Gurudayal Govt. College ground in Kishoreganj recently.
In the first four months (January to April) of the current year, Walton registered 93 percent growth in the sales of their fridges for its world-class quality, reasonable prices, installment facility and assurance of swift post sales services.
Dhaka, May 21 (UNB)- Walkar, a footwear brand of RFL Group, has introduced diversified products with attractive designs on the occasion of Eid with an offer of 10 percent discounts on its all products.
The showrooms of Walkar Footwear contain products of more than six hundred designs for ladies, gents and kids. Numerous stylish shoes including formal shoes, casual shoes, kid’s shoes, sports shoes and sandals for all class of people are available at the outlets. Besides, some fashion accessories including bag, belt, and wallet are also available.
Kamrul Hasan, chief operating officer of Walkar footwear said “We are manufacturing diversified products by our own designers considering the demands of all classes.“
Walkar Footwear has 50 showrooms across the country including Dhaka.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) - Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has planned to establish a ‘RMG Sustainability Council (RSC) to ensure the full and independent national compliance monitoring system in Bangladesh.
The RSC will be governed by BGMEA, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), brands, and workers’ representatives, said the apex body of the country’s apparel industry on Sunday.
The RSC will take over the structure, operation and resources of ACCORD as it phases out from Bangladesh in the 281 days of signing of the current memorandum of understanding (MoU).
The Supreme Court has allowed ACCORD on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh an extension of 281 days to operate in transition in the country, based on the MoU signed between the BGMEA and ACCORD on Sunday.
ACCORD helps readymade garment factories in Bangladesh become safe – and stay safe – for millions of workers.
The RSC is envisaged to take over all the safety-related matters in the RMG industry within the legal framework of the government of Bangladesh, according to the BGMEA.
During the transition period, the BGMEA will immediately establish an operating unit within the ACCORD’s Dhaka office named ‘BGMEA Unit’ to ensure a smoother transition.
A technical sub-committee with senior experts, especially from Buet among others, will be formed to complement the transition process.
The BGMEA Unit will regularly update RCC on the progress made.
In a bid to work collaboratively, it was agreed that there will be no termination or escalation of any factory from ACCORD’s end without the agreement of the BGMEA Unit, according to the MoU.
ACCORD agreed that there will be no group termination in the case of failure of one factory.
There will be no duplication of inspection between the safety initiatives (RCC, ACCORD and Nirapon).
This means that factories once inspected by ACCORD, Nirapon, RCC or any other inspecting authorities will be considered as common standards.
In the case of any dispute between BGMEA unit and ACCORD, the matter will be referred to RCC for the final settlement.
The parties also agreed to work on developing modalities for listing new factories within the safety regimes.
The MoU marks a departure from the past unilateral framework and establishes the route to self-monitoring, according to the BGMEA.
As a gesture of goodwill of the BGMEA Board and ACCORD, this MoU represents the true spirit of collaboration in the transition.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – Newly elected President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Sheikh Fazle Fahim on Sunday vowed to work together with the business community for greater good.
While taking over the charge officially, the apex trade body chief said the FBCCI would continue to play its due role taking part in the country’s economic development process.
Fahim noted the country’s growing economy and said the FBCCI would continue its activities in line with Bangladesh’s journey towards further development.
The Board of Directors of the country’s apex trade body, elected for 2019-2021 tenure, took over the charge at a function held at the FBCCI Bhaban.
Senior vice president Md Muntakim Ashraf, six vice presidents and directors, elected for the next two years, were present.
Former FBCCI President M Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin spoke briefly before handing over charge to the new FBCCI leadership.
He hoped that the newly elected Board of Directors would turn out to be the most successful one through joint efforts demonstrating its competence, capability and determination.
Earlier on April 29, Md Ali Ashraf, chairman of the election board of the FBCCI, announced the results of the FBCCI election.
Former FBCCI leaders were also present.