Swedish fashion brand H&M has given Bangladesh 8 ventilators and 1,500 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Bashirun Nabi Khan, the brand’s local representative, handed over the health equipment to Health and Family Welfare Secretary Asadul Islam on 14 May, where Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter were present.
AK Abdul Momen thanked H& M for not cancelling its work orders with the readymade garment factories in Bangladesh amid the ongoing crisis. Swedish retail giant H&M assured its garment suppliers of taking shipment of goods that have already been manufactured.
“The Swedish company has set an example which others should follow. The two countries (Sweden and Bangladesh) want to work together to fight the impact of the novel coronavirus,” the Minister said, while highlighting a conversation between the prime ministers of the two countries back in April.
“Sweden always stood beside Bangladesh and the Swedish company is now doing the same. We want to work together with Bangladesh to confront the coronavirus,” said Ambassador Schlyter.
Earlier, Swedish buyers will not cancel any orders on readymade garment (RMG) products. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven assured it to Bangladesh’s Premier Sheikh Hasina while they were talking over the phone on 29 April.