BGMEA wants one year more to shift its headquarters

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Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) wants one-year more time to shift it’s headquarter from existing BGMEA Bhaban from Hatirjheel. “We have filed a plea with the department concerned of the Supreme Court seeking one-year time”, said BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman.

As the 6 months’ time given by the Supreme Court to demolish the building of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) expires on 11 September.

The government already gave BGMEA 5.5 Bighas land by half cost at Uttara in the capital. BGMEA already appointed consultants for the construction of their new building. More than 300 staffs of 40 companies are now operating their business in BGMEA complex.

Figure: BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman speaks at a press briefing. BGMEA vice-presidents Mohammed Nasir (L) and Mahmud Hasan Babu (R) were present.
Figure: BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman speaks at a press briefing. BGMEA vice-presidents Mohammed Nasir (L) and Mahmud Hasan Babu (R) were present.

“The logistics involved in moving the office is huge as missing one day of work could adversely affect the reputation of Bangladesh’s RMG sector in abroad”, said BGMEA President. “As we are an association for over 3200 factories taking care of 44 lac employees, many administrative work such as UD, UP, C/O and machineries import letter attestation etc. are being done here. For this, now we are 28 billion industry while starting with 12 thousand dollar only”, he added.

On March 12, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court granted BGMEA six months to demolish its complex located in Hatirjheel-Begunbari Lake, rejecting a plea of the RMG producers’ seeking three years’ time.

The Supreme Court (SC) on 5th March 2017 has rejected a petition seeking review of its judgment that upheld a High Court (HC) order for demolishing the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) building.

BGMEA later filed a leave to appeal petition with the Appellate Division against the High Court judgment, but the apex court on June 2, 2016, dismissed the plea as well as asked the RMG producers to demolish its headquarter at once and at its own cost.

In 2011, the High Court ordered demolition of the 16-storey building as it was constructed in defiance of relevant laws, calling it a “cancer” in the lake.

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