Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) has partnered with Swisscontact, the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation, to rehabilitate the readymade garment (RMG) workers during the 2nd wave of COVID-19.
On behalf of BKMEA, Mohammad Hatem, First Vice President of BKMEA, and Syeda Ishrat Fatema, team leader of Sarathi – a project of Swisscontact Bangladesh signed the contract to provide wage subsidy to 400 RMG workers to help them retain their jobs.
Swisscontact Bangladesh’s project – Sarathi – Progress through Financial Inclusion –works for the benefit of RMG workers.
With BKMEA’s assistance, Sarathi project will detect small and medium scale factories in the country that are stressed during the 2nd wave of the COVID-19Vpandemic based on precise selection criteria.
Sarathi- Progress through Financial Inclusion, jointly funded by MetLife Foundation and Swisscontact, works with commercial banks and apparel factories to bring RMG workers, especially women, within the scope of formal banking services.
Fazlee Shamim Ehsan, Director, BKMEA; Md. Saifur Rahman, Head of Communications, MetLife Bangladesh; Farzana Sharmin, Joint Secretary (compliance cell), BKMEA; Rumana Akhter Tulee, First Vice President, Bank Asia Limited; and Salma Akhter, Senior Advisor-Partnerships & Advocacy from Sarathi were also present at the virtual signing ceremony.