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Supreme Court permits Accords to stay more 281 days

After hearing an appeal on 19 May, Appellate Division of Supreme Court has given more 281 days to Accord, when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Accord and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in this regard.

Accord to stay 281 days
Figure: Accord inspected 1600 factories and completed over 94 percent of remediation works in the units.

The BGMEA will form a cell in the Accord and they will jointly inspect and ensure safety and security of garments factories and workers in Bangladesh, the apex court said.

Earlier, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, a platform of European apparel buyers to improve safety standards in the apparel sector, sought an extension of 281 days from May 8 to complete remediation process in the apparel sector.

Following the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 24, 2013, EU retailers formed the Accord to improve workplace safety in Bangladesh.

According to the Accord’s statistics, the initiative has so far inspected more than 1,600 factories and completed over 94 percent of remediation works in the units.

The tenure of the platform ended in May, 2018 and the government allowed it a six-month transition period.

The extended period of the platform ended on November 30 last year and the High Court instructed the government not to extend the timeframe of Accord anymore.

Later, on January 21 this year, Supreme Court granted four weeks of additional time (up to February 18) to the Accord to continue the ongoing discussions with Bangladesh government and BGMEA over supports for the national body, Remediation Coordination Cell, and transition of Accord works to RCC.

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