In Bangladesh now we have a billion dollar export industry in the Textile and Apparel sector. In the year 2005-2006, the export amount was 8.1 billion US dollar, which was 77% of total foreign currency earning. At about 4 million people (including Garment) are working in this sector. At present the requirement of technical hand (engineers and technicians) are about 70,000 but only 40,000 are working. By the year 2010, the requirement of technical personnel will be 0.1 million 20 thousands.
On the other hand, the international market is now very competitive. We are also facing serious competition from some other countries. The only way of survival is that the increasing of productivity, implementation of new ideas and techniques through continuous research and development works.
Considering such a big production and export activities our education system is sill confined within diploma and undergraduate level. Textile engineers and technicians are working in the industry years after years but they do not have any regular information regarding technical development, present condition, trend and other business information locally and internationally. No such journal or magazines yet have regular publication regarding textile and garment issues.
We are a group of technically skilled, energetic and dynamic people from different areas of textile and garment production and marketing activities and we are motivated to publish a standard magazine “Bangladesh Textile Today” on a regular basis. Initially the publication will be tri-monthly. We publish our inaugural issue during Dhaka International Textile and Garments Machinery Exhibition in Bangladesh where 415 exhibitors from 26 countries are taking part.
The first issue highlights recent Rules of Origin for GSP matter for Bangladesh garment export and the duty free access to the US market. A special report on denim takes place with some recent information blended with fashion trends. We cannot overlook the environmental issues in textile and apparel sector. Technical articles will meet the demand of inquisitive minds and young learners will find them interesting and updated.
I am very grateful to my BTT Technical Team, marketing executives, designers, writers and all the helpful friends for carrying the massive task to the end within a very short time. I am also thankful for the expert opinion came from home and abroad about the magazine. Inevitably, this issue may suffer from some minor mistakes though we put our best effort; we suffered from inadequate advertisement and patronization. From the next issue we shall overcome these limitations, we believe.