BGMEA members don’t want to see Accord, Alliance after 2018

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A large majority of the country’s apparel exporters heavily criticized the activities of two western buyers’ platforms Accord and Alliance at an extraordinary general meeting of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on 30th July 2017 in Dhaka. They said that they do not want to see the platforms in Bangladesh after July 2018.

RMG Exporters said that this was the high time to stand against Accord and Alliance as the business was on the edge of ruin due to a never-ending imposition of factory safety-related conditions by the retailers’ groups.

Figure: BGMEA president Md. Siddiqur Rahman speaking at the meeting.
Figure: BGMEA president Md. Siddiqur Rahman speaking at the meeting.

“We no longer want an extension of the Accord tenure”, said BGMEA member Mohammad Hatem.

BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman said that the industry was passing through a tough time and the export growth registered a 15-year low in the financial year 2016-17.

He said that BGMEA members would run their businesses with dignity and they would not allow any extension of the Accord and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the platform of North American buyers, without discussion with the local stakeholders including the BGMEA and the government. Each and every decision taken by the Accord should be approved by the government and BGMEA.

Previously BGMEA condemned unilateral extension of Accord.

Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry said that apparel exporters would not accept any illogical decision imposed by the buyers.

“The buyers who will not accept the rules and regulations of the sovereign country can leave Bangladesh”, added FBCCI president.

BGMEA First Vice President Moinuddin Ahmed, Senior Vice President Faruque Hassan, Vice President SM Mannan (Kochi), Vice President Mahmud Hasan Khan (Babu), Vice President Ferdous Perves Bivon, Directors, former BGMEA Presidents, Chairmen of different Standing Committees and Members of BGMEA also attended the meeting.

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