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Textile Talent Hunt 2019-20 launched to set transformation blueprint

The 7th season of Textile Talent Hunt, TTH 2019-20 has launched on 24 November 2019

A current report showed that around 39% of Bangladeshi RMG exporters accept prices less than their production costs for the sake of business. Some 33% think they will face the risk of closure and 29% will face difficulties in wage payment to workers.

Textile Talent Hunt 2019-20
Figure 1: Organizers, sponsors, judges and prominent figures of the textile and apparel industry illuminated the program.

According to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), fifty-nine garment factories have been shut and 25,900 workers have lost jobs in the last seven months. At the same time, RMG export performance for FY 2019-20 July-October fell by 6.67% to $10.57 billion from $11.33 billion in the same period of FY19.

And many industry experts are opining that at the end of this financial year, if the exports do not turn away from this downward trend, Bangladesh may lose its second position in the global apparel market.

These ‘Transformation Teams’ will work in about 50 textile and apparel companies to address several vital issues to set the blueprints to overcome the challenges and to cater to future opportunities.

Many new players are also coming in the sector worldwide. In this scenario, Bangladesh Textile Today is heading towards 7th season Textile Talent Hunt with a new outlook where through ‘Practically Tested Transformation Model’ (PTTM), 100 selected ‘Transformation Leaders’ (TLs) will prepare there PTTM projects’ reports.

7th season of Textile Talent Hunt
Figure 2: The launching ceremony was full of energy and joy.

About Taka 50 lacs Transformation Fund will be used to practically test 100 ideas by 100 ‘Transformation Teams’. Each ‘Transformation Teams’ will be comprised of 1 Transformation Leader, 1 Industry Mentor/Expert, 1 Project Supervisor from industry and additionally 1 Project Supervisor from University.

These ‘Transformation Teams’ will work in about 50 textile and apparel companies to address several vital issues set the blueprints to overcome the challenges and to cater to future opportunities.

After the successful completion of Textile Talent Hunt (TTH), the 7th season has been launched at 9.00 am on 24 November 2019 at The Daily Star Centre, 64-65 Kazi Nazrul Islam Ave, Dhaka 1215.

About Taka 50 lacs Transformation Fund will be used to practically test 100 ideas by 100 ‘Transformation Teams’. Each ‘Transformation Teams’ will be comprised of 1 Transformation Leader, 1 Industry Mentor/Expert, 1 Project Supervisor from industry and additionally 1 Project Supervisor from University. 

Textile Talent Hunt is an initiative of Bangladesh Textile Today. The program’s focus is to prepare future leaders by changing the thinking and learning process making them more capable to handle the real-life challenges the industry is facing.

And this time TTH is looking for Transformation Leaders (TLs) from each university through leadership training, audition and aptitude test. About 2000 students are expected to join in the competition from universities all around the country. Around 100 TLs will be selected from them to the national level competition through the 10 Campus Day Competition. Any undergrad level from any discipline can join the program. Selected 100 TLs will be trained, groomed and tagged with about 50 companies to develop ‘Practically Tested Transformation Model’.

Abdullah Hil Rakib, Managing Director, MD Team Group was present there as Chief Guest where Amanur Rahman, Director, Dysin Chem International Ltd; Hironori Fujisawa, Managing Director, Hong Kong Nicca Chemical Ltd; Syed Mohammad Ismail, Country Head, Archroma (Bangladesh) Ltd; Iqbal Rizvi, Managing Director, Sameet Dye Chem; S.M Shohel Rana, Managing Director, Denim Solutions Limited; Reduanal Islam, Asst Manager (Marketing and brand), Well Group; MD. Palash Sakal, CEO, Power Play Communication; Shohidul Islam, Head of Sales & Marketing, DBC News; Md. Nafiz-Ul-Alam John, Head of Marketing and Sales, Radio Dhoni 91.2 attended there as Special Guests.

Tareq Amin, Founder & CEO, Bangladesh Textile Today and moderator of the program in a short presentation showed how Textile Today will hunt the 100 transformation leaders and the steps of blueprint to make them real industry leaders. He said, “Textile Talent Hunt in its previous season was affluent to get right talents for the industry and in the 7 season the new model will assist to discover right talents as well it will help them to be transforming leaders for the sector.”

Chief guest Abdullah Hil Rakib, Managing Director, MD Team Group said, “We are proud to be part of this great talent hunting event for the 7 seasons. I believe if we could start hunting the leaders long before we could give immense industry experts today. However, the new transformation leaders will be able to keep up their intensive evolution in the next level apparel industry.”

The chairman of the event Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Vice-Chancellor (acting), BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology expressed his deep gratitude to Textile Today to take initiative in such a wonderful event. He said, “When we were students that time dreamt to have such talent competition program but there was no visionary plan to hunt real talent. Thanks to Textile Today for their extensive talent hunt program.”

“I believe the new-look competition flow will be worthy to get 100 transformation leaders to meet next level industry revolution in the Bangladesh Textile and Apparel sector”, he added further.

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