BGMEA urges govt to form wage board for RMG workers

2017/11 27 07:11

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) recently wrote a letter urging the labour ministry to form a minimum wage board to review the existing wages of the readymade garment (RMG) workers. Industry insiders, however, say, the move followed international pressure and is aimed at averting a likely labour unrest related to wages. Refixing […]

Bangladesh agrees to EU conditions for trade benefits

2017/11 25 08:11

Bangladesh has decided to amend its labour law and the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) law to comply with the European Union (EU) recommendations. The decision was announced by law minister Annisul Huq after a recent meeting of stakeholders and will be conveyed to the prime minister and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The […]

Global footwear makers’ forum denies membership to Myanmar

2017/11 19 05:11

The Confederation of International Footwear Associations (CIFA), a global platform of footwear makers, has rejected Myanmar’s application to be a member of the body citing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas by the Myanmarese government as the reason. All 16 CIFA member nations took the call at the 36th International Footwear Conference held in Dhaka recently. […]

Bangladesh plans 2 leather estates in Rajshahi, Chittagong

2017/11 19 04:11

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said two more leather industrial estates will be set up in Rajshahi and Chittagong divisions to boost the sector and expand it beyond Dhaka. She hopes to bag $5 billion from export of leather, leather goods and footwear out of the total export earnings of $60 billion as per […]

Alliance claims improved factory safety in Bangladesh

2017/11 19 04:11

Courtesy: Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety About 85 per cent of all required factory repairs have been completed and 162 non-compliant factories have been suspended, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of North American retailers that sets time frames and accountability for safety inspections, training and workers’ empowerment, said in its fourth annual […]

Jeanologia participates in Bangladesh Denim expo

2017/11 16 04:11

Jeanologia, a leader in sustainable and efficient technologies headquartered in Spain, is participating in the Bangladesh Denim Expo which is being held on November 8 and 9, 2017, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, in booth 32. The company is showing its new sustainable, 100 per cent Made in Bangladesh fashion collection at the one-stop sourcing platform for […]

World Bank, Bangladesh sign 2 agreements

2017/11 16 04:11

Bangladesh will receive $457 million from the World Bank to help develop its private sector infrastructure projects and diversify exports in labour-intensive industries, such as leather goods, footwear, plastics, and light engineering. Both sides signed agreements in Dhaka recently to implement two projects that will help the country create more jobs. The $357-million Investment Promotion […]

Bangladesh govt permits Accord to operate beyond May 2018

2017/10 27 09:10

Courtesy: Accord The Government of Bangladesh has agreed that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) will continue to operate in Bangladesh beyond May 2018. The Accord will depart Bangladesh when a set of rigorous readiness conditions—full capacity to inspect factories, compel remedies and protect workers—are met by local regulatory bodies.The […]

Accord, Alliance to leave Bangladesh in 2018

2017/10 26 09:10

Accord and Alliance, the two western buyers' platforms working to improve safety in Bangladesh readymade garments sector, will leave the country when their tenure ends in May 31 next year if remediation of factories is properly completed. The platforms arrived at a consensus after meeting Bangladesh commerce minister Tofail Ahmed in Dhaka recently. The Alliance […]

Bangladesh high court stays new Accord agreement

2017/10 18 10:10

The Bangladesh high court has stayed the implementation of the Bangladesh Accord for Building and Fire Safety 2018 agreement between European fashion brands and trade unions in the country’s readymade garment industry as its tenure was extended without the approval of the government. A court bench froze the new agreement until May 15 2018. The […]