Faruque Hassan, MD of Giant Group led panel, Sammilita Parishad, has won the two-yearly election for the board of directors of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for 2021-23.
Faruque Hassan said after the announcement of the election results, “I thank all my voters. I congratulate my members who voted for me. I want to unite the BGMEA to face the challenges and help the sector grow.”
As for the mitigating immense challenges, he said, “I will address the challenges the sector has been facing from the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We will work closely with the government and the European Union to retain duty-free market access in the region up to 2031, after the LDC graduation in 2026. It is possible through apparel diplomacy,” said Hassan.
“My vision of BGMEA is to ensure that it becomes an organization that prioritizes service delivery for its members, where its members can receive them without any hassle,” he also said.
The BGMEA should work as a united force for all apparel manufacturers of Bangladesh, irrespective of their stature, Hassan also said.
The newly-voted President added further that it is a puzzling time for the world, for Bangladesh and mainly for the RMG sector due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.
“My main agenda is to ensure financial support and backup from both the government and Bangladesh Bank to tackle the ongoing second and third wave, which is already hitting us badly,” he added.
The Sammilita Parishad captured 24 out of 35 directors’ posts, while the rest 11 director posts were elected from the Forum panel, led by ABM Shamsuddin, Chairman of Hannan Group and a former Vice-President of BGMEA.
Incumbent BGMEA President Rubuna Huq also contested the election.
The voting began at 9:00 am and continued uninterrupted until 7:00 pm, with more than 86% of votes being cast from 2,313 voters.
Voting took place at the Hotel Radisson Blu in Dhaka and the BGMEA office in Chittagong.
The board of directors of BGMEA is comprised of 35 directors, of which 9 are from the Chittagong zone.