Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, Nathalie Chuard, accompanied by Thomas Baumgartner, Head of Political, Economic and Cultural Affairs met the newly elected President of BGMEA at the latter’s office in Dhaka. BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, First Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam, and Vice President Md. Shahidullah Azim attended the meeting.
The discussions covered issues pertinent to the readymade garment industry in Bangladesh and its progress in the area of social and environmental sustainability. BGMEA President applauded the Swiss envoy for the transformation the industry has made over the past years and requested Switzerland to consider an extension of the EBA scheme under its GSP program for 10 years for a smoother transition.
The discussants also highlighted the future potential of the industry and the need for industry up-grading particularly in the area of skills and efficiency enhancement, technological expertise, and diversification of products (especially non-cotton).
BGMEA sought support from the Embassy of Switzerland regarding the need for a unified code of conduct for social audits and collaboration to promote the untold stories of the industry’s transformation. The potential of foreign investment in non-cotton and technical textiles, light engineering sector and high-end apparel items were encouraged.
The Swiss Ambassador expressed her satisfaction with the progress of the industry in the area of sustainable manufacturing and assured support from the Swiss Government.