Dhaka Apparel Summit to focus making RMG sustainable sector

DHAKA- With the aim of exploring priority areas towards turning Bangladeshi readymade garment into a sustainable sector, Dhaka Apparel Summit-2017 would begin tomorrow morning.

The summit will feature discussions about how to establish a more

sustainable apparel supply chain as well as also focus to set the next course of action plan on achieving US$ 50 billion export goal by 2021.

As a sequel to the success of the first Dhaka Apparel Summit (DAS) held in 2014, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is organizing the second edition of DAS with the theme "Together for a better tomorrow".

Talking to BSS, BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman said basically they are creating a platform to find out ways of coping with the upcoming challenges for the better future of country's apparel sector.

"In the summit, our stakeholders would share their opinion and fix up priority areas for ensuring sustainable growth of country's apparel sector,"he added.

Mentioning that following massive transformation of workplace safety in RMG sector, Rahman said: "We are ready to explore future possibilities amongst the opportunities and challenges facing us."

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the day-long largest expo on the US$

28 billion apparel industry at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargoan in the capital.

The summit will also showcase the progress of initiatives taken to improve the safety standard and condition of the workers in the RMG sector following the factory disaster in 2013.

There would be three main sessions in the summit. The first session titled "Business Policy and Environment: Towards a Better Bangladesh" while the second session titled "Collaborative and Responsible Souring for Sustainable Growth" and third session is concentrated on "Bangladesh Apparel Industry: Transformation and the road Ahead".

The event will be attended by representatives from buyers, brands,

university scholars and workers' representatives who would also find out the priority areas to the achievement of $50 billion export target.

The day-long summit would have nine interactive sessions where over 85 speakers from home and abroad would participate. In addition, top

representatives of over 25 brands and over 15 globally renowned academics would also attend in the DAS.

Nearly four thousand people have registered themselves to participate in the DAS.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)