BGMEA President Faruque Hassan has stressed the need for effective collaboration between universities and industries for developing mid and high-level managers to have the knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of the market and industry.
The industry needs more qualified and competent workers and professionals to meet the future challenges of the RMG industry, especially in the context of fast fashion and disruptive technologies, he said.
“As we are aiming to pursue higher growth vision, we will need to increase our efficiency and productivity, shift to high-end garments, and upgrade technologies accordingly – all of which require skills to deal with,” he remarked.
Faruque Hassan made the observations while speaking at a consultation workshop on post graduate diploma in garment business (PGD-GB) program, organized by SEIP and IBA, the University of Dhaka on December 17.
Fatima Yasmin, Senior Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance and National Project Director, SEIP attended the workshop as chief guest while Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) of University of Dhaka Professor Dr. A. S. M. Maksud Kamal was present as guest of honor.
Director of IBA Professor Mohammad A. Momen chaired the program which was also attended by Fatema Rahim Veena, Additional Secretary, and EPD, SEIP, and Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, Vice President, BKMEA.
In his speech as special guest, Faruque Hassan said the RMG industry would need more skilled workers and professionals to cope up with changing trends in the global apparel industry, especially brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
He expressed hope that the demand for skilled professionals especially mid and high-level managers could be met with the support of all including the IBA of Dhaka University.
He also called upon the government to continue its support to the RMG industry in addressing the skilled workforce issue to remain competitive in the coming years, especially in post-LDC era.