Workers safety govt’s primary concern: Shahriar

DHAKA State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md

Shahriar Alam today said workers safety, dignity and well-being at the

workplaces is always in the primary concern list of Bangladesh.

In global platforms . our focus on people in each economic activity

and growth-path based on sustainable development in line with Hon'ble Prime

Minister's commitment to people, he said while inaugurating the Sustainable

Apparel Forum 2019 in the capital.

The state minister also pointed that global brands also require to

deliver on their commitments at similar pace parallel with the source

countries within the evolving global RMG supply chain.

Their (global brand) due response is crucial to make the entire industry

and the supply chains compliant-competitive-caring, he suggested.

The Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) and the Bangladesh Garment

Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) jointly organised the second

edition of Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) at the International Convention

City in Bashundhara.

Noting that manufacturing is a collective enterprise with shared

responsibility, Shahriar said realization of respective roles and

responsibilities by all stakeholders can truly sustain global supply chain in

an industry as RMG.

This is all the more so in the context of 'Responsible Business conduct'

that the global stakeholders pledged to, he reminded.

The state minister said both the government and the RMG industry players

have been trying to bring in changes, whatever necessary. The present

government does not see any trade-off between people and profit and that is a

key strength of Bangladesh's development model, he added.

Our youth workforce has demonstrated their skills, efficiency and

determination in this sector (RMG) as well as our entrepreneurs has weathered

challenges and ventured into new lands and areas, he observed.

Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Md Atiqul Islam, Canadian High

Commissioner here Benoit Prefonatine, FBCCI President Sheikh Fazle Fahim, H and M

Group's Head of Sustainability Pierre Borjesson and Managing Director of BAE

Md Mohiuddin Rubel also spoke on the occasion, among others.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)