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)