Meeting was held between a delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade and BGMEA leaders

A delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) headed by Ms. Heidi HAUTALA, Chair, INTA delegation to Bangladesh, met with leaders of BGMEA in Dhaka on July 18. The delegation included Members of the European Parliament — Jose Manuel GARCIA-MARGALLO, Sven SIMON, Ms. Agnes JONGERIUS, Jordi CANAS PEREZ, and Maximilian KRAH.

Martti KALAUS, Head of Unit, INTA Committee and Gabriel ALVAREZ RECARTE, Administrator, INTA Committee were also in the delegation. Charles Whiteley, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh was also present at the meeting.

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan briefed the visiting delegation members about the current situation of Bangladesh’s RMG industry, including its strides in the areas of workplace safety, environmental sustainability and workers’ rights and welfare. He also apprised them about the sustainable strategic vision of BGMEA unveiled recently with an aim to accelerate the growth of the RMG industry in a manner that is sustainable and positively impacts the economy, the environment and the lives of people.

Faruque Hassan apprised them that the apparel industry is aligned with the government in implementing the road map developed by the government in collaboration with ILO to further improve in labor rights and welfare issues. He said Bangladesh and the European Union have long been sharing a friendly relationship that has grown stronger over time.

Expressing thanks to the European Union for its support for the betterment of Bangladesh’s apparel industry, Faruque Hassan hoped the EU will continue providing its support and cooperation to Bangladesh in the coming days, especially in the post-LDC era.

BGMEA Vice President Miran Ali, Vice President (Finance) Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Md. Nasir Uddin, Directors Haroon Ar Rashid, Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan, Executive President of BKMEA Mohammad Hatem, Vice President Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, Vice President Md. Akhter Hossain Apurbo and Chair of BGMEA Standing Committee on ILO issue ANM Saifuddin were also present at the meeting.