Bangladesh’s apex body of apparel manufacturers – Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has officially unveiled the week-long “Made in Bangladesh Week 2022” on 12 November at a hotel in Dhaka – with the aim to brand the RMG industry, moreover to brand overall Bangladesh.
Made in Bangladesh Week 2022 will showcase the transformation story and strengths of the Bangladesh RMG industry to the world as well as getting the stakeholders on board in the trajectory to future growth are also the main objectives, which inspired BGMEA to organize this mega event.
Faruque Hassan, President, BGMEA at an official press conference said, “When we initially planned this event, we had specific objectives in mind, which includes- to brand the RMG industry, moreover to brand overall Bangladesh; And to chart out a ‘Sustainable growth Plan’ through identifying major strategic objectives for meeting Vision 2030.”
“I am very delighted to be here today with all of you. We have gathered here to give you a brief rundown about our Mega event ‘Made in Bangladesh Week 2022.’ We had the pleasure of having attendees from home and abroad, especially international buyers and associates in this tournament. With the theme ‘Care for Fashion,’ I believe, considering the significance and idea behind this glamourous event, we can confidently say that we are going to witness such an event related to Apparel manufacturing for the first time in history. Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE) is our official partner for the event.”
The week-long event – which will continue till 18th November 2022 – will be inaugurated on 13 November at the Hall of fame of Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
Faruque Hassan said, “We are delighted to announce that Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has kindly consented to inaugurate the event. The inauguration program will start at 9.00 in the morning. After the grand opening, a display zone at the Carnival Hall titled “Experience the Transformation of RMG Towards Sustainability & Innovation” will be open till 6 PM.”
After the inauguration program, a Board meeting of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) is scheduled at 2.30 PM, which will be followed by IAF General Assembly at Radisson Blu.
On the following day 14th November 2022; the Three-day long Dhaka Apparel Expo will be inaugurated at Hall 3 of the International Convention City of Bashundhara (ICCB). Starting from 14th November, the expo will be open till 16th November, 2022 and through this platform apparel, textiles, and other related products will be showcased under one roof.
The Expo will bring opportunities for global buyers and their representatives to see the varied categories of Made-in-Bangladesh garments. We will be able to showcase Bangladesh as a value-added apparel-producing nation that has developed sustainably through this exposition.
The 37th World Fashion Convention, which is being organized in collaboration with BGMEA, BKMEA and International Apparel Federation (IAF) will also be commenced on the same day of 14th November, 2022. Scheduled to take place at Ballroom, Radisson Blue; the convention will be open to registered participants.
One of the special events of this Made in Bangladesh Week is Green Factory tour, which will be ongoing for three days from 15th November to 17th November, 2022. With 177 LEED-certified green garment factories, Bangladesh is hub to the highest number of green factories in the world and through this ‘Green factory tour.’
“We will showcase our tremendous progress to the participants. You will be glad to know, that, out of top 10 green garments factories worldwide, 8 are located in Bangladesh, and out of top 100 LEED certified buildings, 48 are in Bangladesh. We believe that through this Green Factory Tour, we will be able to highlight these achievements,” Faruque Hassan added.
On 15th November, 2022 – the third edition of “Dhaka Apparel Summit” will be inaugurated. Where participants of 70+ world-class reputed speakers for this summit, will share their insights and ideas, which will be crucial to building the next roadmap of Bangladesh’s RMG industry and economy.
For three days of 15th November- 17th November, at Mezzanine, hall-1 of ICCB, an Exhibition of pictures from our coffee table books along with other pictures will be on display and open to all for visit.
“On 16th November, 2022; along with being the final day of Dhaka Apparel Expo, Dhaka Apparel Summit and Bangladesh Denim Expo, we will have a “Gala Night” on this evening. Winners for three competition named “Sustainable Design and Innovation Award”, “Made in Bangladesh Photography Award” and “Non-Resident Bangladesh” will be announced this evening, at International Convention City of Bashundhara (ICCB). We have gone through a month-long process for selecting the winners and the names will be unwrapped that day,” BGMEA President added.
“For “Sustainable Design and Innovation Award” we received more than a hundred submissions, from which we have shortlisted 18 final winners and for Photography award, more than thousands of submissions were received by us and final 6 winners in three category – “People and Economy”, “Heritage” and “Industry and Economy” will be awarded. For “NRB” award we have selected three Bangladeshi diasporas living abroad, who through their accomplishments and success have not only earned the personal reputation but also brought pride for Bangladesh and helped to place Bangladesh on the global map in a favorable light.”
The last day of the “Made in Bangladesh Week 2022” will host two events. At BGMEA University of fashion & technology (BUFT), technical workshop on sustainability & innovation will take place.
And the grand launching of BGMEA Centre of Innovation, Efficiency and OSH will happen at the BGMEA complex of Uttara in presence of Tipu Munshi, MP as the chief guest and Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce as well as Dr, Ratnakar Adhikary, Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework, WTO as Special Guest.