Bangladesh has participated at a five-daylong Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada Virtual in Canada that concluded on Friday where the country’s apparel manufacturers attained knowledge on sustainability of the industry during post-Covid period.
A Bangladesh delegation comprising Md. Shakil Mahamud, Counselor, Commercial Affairs, Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, Md. Mohuiddin Rubel, Director, Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Abu Mukhles Alamgir Hossain, Deputy Director, Export Promotion Bureau, Shyamol Roy, Director, L'Usine Fashion Limited and ATM Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury, Executive Director, Masco Group represented the country at the virtual summit.
Bangladesh delegate at a session titled "Sustainability Issues on Ready-Made Garments in Bangladesh" on Monday discussed how the country can expedite its apparel exports to developed countries like Canada, said a press release.
Bangladesh delegate members also include representatives from BGMEA, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh High Commission in Canada, and manufacturers who discussed the overall situation of the industry in 2020, especially due to C0VID-19 pandemic and ways to attain its sustainability in Bangladesh.
This five-day event has given its customers an eco-friendly model that offers better inventory control, increased efficiency and overall cost savings, Bangladesh delegate member Shyamol Roy said.
Sustainability in apparel is a hot topic today, but many smaller and mid-size brands are struggling to make their companies sustainable due to lack of knowledge or lack of resources.
This global platform has emphasized on going vertical as the new normal for brands, factories and retailers to succeed in the post-Covid situation.
In another session titled “Battling the Trade War and COVID-19: Rethinking Global Supply Chains in a Time of Crisis” ongoing uncertainties of the US-China trade war were discussed.
The disruptions from COVID-19 has caused social, economic and financial upheavals around the globe and exposed weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the supply chain, the participants opined.
They discussed whether the pandemic would quicken the diversification of manufacturing supply chains out of China and how brands and retailers can build more robust and flexible supply chains.
Wilson Zhu, Chief Operating Officer, Li & Fung, talked about the future of supply chains in unprecedented times of global disruption.