The readymade garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh is increasingly focusing on enhancing efficiency and improving productivity to become more competitive in the global market in the coming days, said Faruque Hassan, President of BGMEA.
He also said that Bangladesh’s apparel industry has immense potential for growth.
“We are making all-out endeavors to seize every opportunity that lies ahead where productivity enhancement is a key priority area as we are preparing for the next phase of development,” he added.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the NIPOSH (Network to Integrate Productivity and Occupational Safety and Health) as chief guest held in the capital on Monday.
The project, NIPOSH, is funded by the Embassy of Denmark, Bangladesh. With the collaboration of University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA); jointly implemented By Centre of Efficiency, innovation and OSH (BGMEA) and Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST).
The NIPOSH initiative is the 1st stepping stone toward our Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and OSH.
SM Khalid, chair of the BGMEA standing committee on Industrial Engineering said that there is no alternative to increase efficiency to survive in the competitive market.
“Various countries including Vietnam are increasing their efficiency, we are also trying to increase the rate of capacity in industrial plants,” he added.
Abdullah Hill Rakib, director of BGMEA, said that health and safety issues are being emphasized in all factories. Entrepreneurs are focused on creating a better working environment and increasing export earnings.
Ms. Winnie Estrup Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to Bangladesh, attended the ceremony as the guest of honor and said that Denmark is always with Bangladesh on such initiatives.
Prof D Muhammad Fazli Ilahi, Vice-chancellor of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST); Professor Peter Hasle, University of Southern Denmark, Søren Albertsen, Sector Counsellor, Danish Embassy; Inamul Haq Khan (Bablu), Director of BGMEA also spoke at the event.
The NIPOSH was initiated to enhance productivity and efficiency of the RMG industry by integrating LEAN manufacturing and OSH.
The project intends to develop a network of professionals in the RMG industry and create a culture of collective consciousness and build strong connectivity amongst the factories.
It also works to implement a sustainable and locally anchored network model implementation for productivity and OHS improvement in the garments sector.