Success Stories of Garment Sector in Bangladesh
Muhaiminul Islam Ovi
Bangladesh University of Textiles
To change the socioeconomic condition of Bangladesh, textile and garment sector plays a great role here. More than 4 million people are directly or indirectly depend on its flow. So, if the textile sector becomes imbalance, it will directly hurt the economic condition of our country. Bangladesh is now 2nd largest garment exporter in the world. In 2020, the export value ready-made garments (RMG) in Bangladesh amounted to approximately 27.95 billion U.S. dollars. This was a decrease from the previous year because of Covid-19 pandemic, in which RMG exports in Bangladesh amounted to just over 34 billion U.S. dollars. Bangladesh’s apparel export to world are shown in below table.
The success stories of our garment sector should be told towards others for retaining its reputation. At present this sector passing a horrible time before any. The disaster happened in Rana Plaza and Tazrin Fashion decreases our opportunity to become the number 1 in this sector. Many internationally reputed industries are not willing to give any deal to Bangladesh. The sudden death of workers, movement for wage hiking affects the balance of our textile sector very much. It’s a common interest for Bangladeshi trade unions and employees to save the RMG sector.
Garment makers should build a strong communication strategy to tell the stories. The media of Bangladesh can play a vital role here. But serious work and honest intention must be needed. Media can help to reform the sector and projecting its success. If the industry can take wrong steps the media will report this.
The BGMEA can play a vital role here also. They can arrange different types of party where the success stories and the dedication of our people to this sector will be told at the presence of foreign commercials. The newspaper can publish more and more positive news about this sector. Some media men complain that they do not get the updated data from BGMEA. It’s really unfortunate. The BGMEA should become more careful about the helping system.
Bangladesh government should be more concerned about this sector. It is its duty to get back the reputation of this sector for the sake of our countrymen. Improving labor standards will be a bigger role of the media to showcase the achievements and potential of the sector. Building a positive labor relationship with trade unions can change the sector positively. Its good news for us that our entrepreneurs are now going for textile friendly manufacturing plants. It must be highlighted. Bangladesh is now the second largest apparel exporter after China, earning more than 30 billion USD a year. Country perception plays a great role when it comes to high end apparel items of the value chain. So branding Bangladesh is an inevitable part.
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