Dhaka, Thursday, 30 June 2022

We have to ensure sustainable business in RMG industry: BGMEA President Faruque Hassan

We have to ensure sustainable business in RMG industry: BGMEA President Faruque Hassan

Apparel Correspondent: Faruque Hassan, a visionary leader in Bangladesh's readymade garments (RMG) industry and President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has already taken charge of the 2021-23 tenure of the country’s apex apparel body.

Hassan who is also a Managing Director of Giant Group has recently talked to Amit K Biswas, Editor and Publisher of The Apparel News regarding his visions and agendas for the development of Bangladesh's RMG industry as the new BGMEA President.

The Apparel New: As a new President of BGMEA what are your plans to recover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and jobs?

Faruque Hassan: At first, I would like to thank all the elected members and the voters from the bottom of my heart because they all have joined the election amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and made it possible.

In our election manifesto, we prioritised market diversification and innovation by adopting the latest technology to help the apparel sector recover from the COVID-19 impact. And from now on we are working accordingly.

We all know that the global COVID-19 situation is worsening every day. We have already passed its second wave and now its third wave is going on. The pandemic is creating a continuous threat for all sectors including RMG manufacturers. So, we need united efforts to face the crisis. I again thank the hardworking people of the Bangladesh RMG sector with whom our new board members are working together to recover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Apparel News: What measures have you taken to ensure the health safety of the workers in the factories during the COVID-19 lockdown?

Faruque Hassan: We have already given proper guidelines to the factory owners for this. We have also strictly told them to follow the proper health rules while running the factories. Our factory owners are cooperative and they have already taken adequate safety measures at the factory levels to protect the workers from the COVID-19 infection.

The Apparel News: What are your steps on government responses to help businesses overcome the situation?

Faruque Hassan: The local RMG factories have been struggling to recover the losses they incurred during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we have sought cooperation from the government for keeping the factories open so that the work orders from the international apparel market would not hamper.

The Apparel News: Since the inception, The Apparel News has been covering news as a bilingual newspaper in the country’s RMG sector for its local and international readers. What is your observation of the newspaper and suggestion regarding its further roles in the sector?

Faruque Hassan: I know that The Apparel News is covering news for the enthusiasts of the apparel industry in Bangla and English languages. I hope the bilingual newspaper will give more focus on the global branding of Bangladeshi apparel products. I wish all the best for its future endeavours.

The Apparel News: What the government and businesses should do for taking the economy back to normalcy?

Faruque Hassan: At first, I would like to thank the government for its continuous support for the growth of the RMG industry.

First of all, we have to ensure sustainable business in the RMG industry. As well, our board members have already focused on enhancing the buyer-owner relationship and continued all the good works of the previous board of BGMEA. Besides, our board members have started working to brand Bangladesh in the global market.

Our board members are also working to take our RMG sector a long way with the cooperation of the government and all associations including Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) and other stakeholders.