A ‘change making’ and ‘change adopting’ generation to lead the ‘transformation’ of Bangladesh textile and apparel industry

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Youth is more viable and important resource than any other resources and they are the driving force of any industry. Bangladesh’s youth should be more skilled to ensure the apparel sector’s desired growth. But definitely youth doesn’t mean people under a certain age. ‘Youth’ is ‘making change’ and ‘adopting change’. The first ever ‘Textile Youth Leadership Summit’ disseminated the connotation, energized and catalyzed such Youth’s role in leading the textile and apparel industry.

Industry leaders and experts hailed and glorified the role of change making youth at the inauguration ceremony of ‘Textile Youth Leadership Summit-2018’ organized by Bangladesh Textile Today, a comprehensive research, development and promotional service providing organization, observed with the theme “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Transformation” on the day of its 10th anniversary on 12 January 2018 at Council Hall & Multipurpose Hall, Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh Kakrail, Dhaka.

Figure 1: Distinguished guests celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bangladesh Textile Today by cutting a cake.
Figure 1: Distinguished guests celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bangladesh Textile Today by cutting a cake.

Bangladesh Textile Today that working for 10 years to change the mindset and culture of the industry and its associated people organized the summit to build a network between academia and industry as well as to boost inclusion of young entrepreneurship in the industry, which will help Bangladesh to achieve US $ 50 billion export goal by 2021 and place Bangladesh as a global leader in apparel exports. Through different activities Textile Today has been engaging industry owners, policy makers, researchers and professionals in a platform which is moving forward with the theme ‘Driving Business with Knowledge’.

Speakers at the summit also said that mentality of buyers to offer lower price to Bangladesh has to be changed through to value addition, decrease lead-time etc. We have to prove ourselves as capable and efficient. We should not produce only 4 to 5 regular low value items or we should not depend on foreign designer, speakers opined.

They will give order and we just fulfill their order, it is not good for the industry. Rather we have to design by our own designers, we have to produce more items like medi-textile, technical textile, sportswear etc. and we have to add value on our products, they added.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz, one of the brightest young stars in Bangladesh cricket, was present in the summit who inspired the textile youth to represent Bangladesh in the world. Presence of Mehedi Hasan Miraz brought enormous energy among the participants. Miraz has been the correct brand of Bangladeshi youth which is taking country’s position to new heights.

Figure 2: Mehedi Hasan Miraz, one of the brightest young stars in Bangladesh cricket, delivered his inspirational speech at the ‘Textile Youth Leadership Summit-2018’.
Figure 2: Mehedi Hasan Miraz, one of the brightest young stars in Bangladesh cricket, delivered his inspirational speech at the ‘Textile Youth Leadership Summit-2018’.

Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, President, Institution of Textile Engineers & Technologists (ITET) was present as the chief guest where Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, BUFT and Executive Editor of Bangladesh Textile Today, chaired the function.

Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman praised the organizer to organize such an exceptional summit and expressed his hope that this kind of summit will help apparel and textile industry to attain its 50 billion targets by 2021.

Figure 3: Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, President, The Institute of Textile Engineers & Technologists Bangladesh, Managing Director, HAMS Group delivered speech as chief guest.
Figure 3: Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, President, The Institute of Textile Engineers & Technologists Bangladesh, Managing Director, HAMS Group and Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BUFT, delivered their speeches at the summit.

“The government wants to turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and developed country by 2041. It is not possible without contribution of apparel industry,” he said.

“Country’s economy is now mostly dependent on the apparel sector, the country has huge lack of skilled professionals including textiles engineers. For this reason, the sector has to spend billions of dollars on employing foreign experts,” he added.

To survive in the global competition, there is no alternative to skill development,” he said. He urged the participants to develop their skill in line with the industrial demand.

Prof Ayub Nabi Khan said that India has planned aggressively to compete Bangladesh. So we need to prepare ourselves. Confidence and hard work are key to success. Our young generation has to be more confident and hard working as we can be successful.

Figure 3: Mohammad Hatem, Ex-Vice President, BKMEA and 1st Vice President, Exporters Association Bangladesh delivered his speech at the summit.
Figure 3: Mohammad Hatem, Ex-Vice President, BKMEA and 1st Vice President, Exporters Association Bangladesh delivered his speech at the summit.

Mohammad Hatem, Ex-Vice President, BKMEA and 1st Vice President, EAB, said that Government is supporting as much it can through to expanding textile education, establishing textile university, colleges and institutions. 100 special economic zones have been made which will increase both national and foreign investment to the textile and RMG industry.

The summit  was experiential learning space and networking hotspot where young  leaders were meet together, learn from one another, shared experience and bring forward fresh ideas on how young minds can effectively participate in leadership and development in Textile sector.

Figure 4: A part of the participants of 1st Textile Youth Leadership Summit 2018.
Figure 4: A part of the participants of 1st Textile Youth Leadership Summit 2018.

Around 550 invited guests from textile students, teachers, textile industry leaders, representatives of brands and retailers and textile professionals attended the event. The summit was designed with three keynote sessions, three panel discussions on Transformation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Figure 5: ATM Mahbubul Alam Milton, Executive Director, Masco Group delivered keynote speech on ‘Transformation’.
Figure 5: ATM Mahbubul Alam Milton, Executive Director, Masco Group delivered keynote speech on ‘Transformation’.

ATM Mahbubul Alam Milton, Executive Director, Masco Group delivered his keynote speeches on ‘Transformation’ where he showed how his company is working for transformation as well as he said that we should be pro-active to achieve transformation.

Figure 6: Jamal Abdun Naser, Director, Shasha Denims Ltd delivered keynote speech on ‘Innovation’.
Figure 6: Jamal Abdun Naser, Director, Shasha Denims Ltd delivered keynote speech on ‘Innovation’.

Jamal Abdul Naser, Director, Shasha Denims Ltd. and Associate Editor of Textile Today, said on his keynote speeches that the main goal of his company is to be innovative and everybody should try to be innovative from his or her point of view. He mentioned that Bangladesh has no need to hire foreign employee, our youth is capable to run the business. He informed that his company has set an example not to hire any foreign experts.

Figure 7: Saiful Islam Khan, Managing Director, Essential Clothing Ltd delivered keynote speech on ‘Entrepreneurship’.
Figure 7: Saiful Islam Khan, Managing Director, Essential Clothing Ltd delivered keynote speech on ‘Entrepreneurship’.

Saiful Islam Khan, Managing Director, Essential Clothing Ltd. gave a transparent view on ‘Entrepreneurship’ on his keynote speeches where he emphasized on adopting an entrepreneurship mentality through to utilize one’s own knowledge, merit and time.

Figure 8: Mohammad Abdullah Zaber, Deputy Managing Director, Zaber & Zubair delivered an overwhelmingly inspirational speech for the young textile professionals.
Figure 8: Mohammad Abdullah Zaber, Deputy Managing Director, Zaber & Zubair delivered an overwhelmingly inspirational speech for the young textile professionals.

Among others, Mohammad Abdullah Zaber, Deputy Managing Director, Zaber&Zubair Fabrics Ltd. was present as special guest on the occasion. Mr. Zaber hailed and encouraged the youth to join in the textile and apparel industry highlighting the bright present and future of Bangladesh textile and apparel industry.

Md. Amanur Rahman, Managing Director, Dysin was speaking on the occasion as special guests. Dysin was the title sponsor of the program. Mr. Rahman expressed his willingness to continue to supporting Textile Today in its activities and providing positive impact in changing the textile and apparel industry of Bangladesh.

Figure 9: Amanur Rahman, Managing Director, Dysin shared his experience how he overcame many challenges in his entrepreneurship journey.
Figure 9: Amanur Rahman, Managing Director, Dysin shared his experience how he overcame many challenges in his entrepreneurship journey.
Figure 10: M R Jamil Tipu, Executive Director, Akij Group appreciated for organizing Textile Youth Leadership Summit 2018 and emphasized on the importance of government support to the industry in his speech.
Figure 10: M R Jamil Tipu, Executive Director, Akij Group appreciated for organizing Textile Youth Leadership Summit 2018 and emphasized on the importance of government support to the industry in his speech.

M R Jamil Tipu, Executive Director, Akij Group; Major Md. Mizanur Rahman (Retd.), President, Bangladesh Apparel Professionals Society (BAPS), GM (Admin & Development), Palmal Group, Tareq Amin, Editor and Publisher, Bangladesh Textile Today were also present at the inauguration ceremony of the summit.

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