• Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017
    25-Feb-2017 PAN PACIFIC HOTEL SONARGAON, DHAKA
    25
    Feb
Together for a better tomorrow
The Dhaka Apparel Summit has been specifically organized to aid in the development of the textile and apparel industry in Bangladesh, and is formulated to bring together some of the world’s leading experts in their field to share their experiences and thoughts and to discuss issues pertaining to the RMG industry and ways in which the business can realize sustainable growth well into the 21st Century.
This year’s event will feature discussions targeted at establishing a more sustainable apparel supply chain with the specific aim of creating a better future together.
The Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, will inaugurate the Summit on 25 February 2017.
The apparel industry of Bangladesh is at the dawn of a new era in its development, with unprecedented safety standards being adopted and great strides being taken towards achieving environmental and sustainable targets.
There is a strong desire to continue the growth of the industry with these principals in mind, and the Summit will offer a forum allowing visionary views of the future to be expressed and discussed, and will offer a broad spectrum of proposals to further improve the industry’s environmental and sustainable credentials and bring to light various methods to achieve these goals.
The Summit will hold three panel discussion sessions in the afternoon, offering a more open, inter-active environment, allowing full audience participation and the opportunity for a valid exchange of ideas.
Welcome
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the second edition of the Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017 organized by BGMEA. The underlying purpose of the event is to serve as a platform to establish greater interaction and collaboration amongst stakeholders from home and abroad, with a common goal of ensuring sustainable growth within the Bangladesh RMG industry.
The second edition of the Summit will take place at a time when our ready-made garment (RMG) industry, following a massive transformation in workplace safety, is entering a new era which promises a brighter future for the sector. We now need to find the answer to the question: How do we envisage the future possibilities of our industry given the backdrop of challenges and opportunities that we have?
We believe that the suggestions that will be made by our panel of experts and industry professionals at the 2nd Dhaka Apparel Summit will provide illuminated guidelines for setting the priorities towards achieving a sustainable RMG industry.
On behalf of BGMEA, allow me to invite all our stakeholders and well-wishers to this great event. It will be a true inspiration for us to see you at the summit.
Meet Our Speakers

Ministry of Commerce Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
    Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
      U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
        First Vice President The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI)
          Managing Director of Apex Footwear Ltd.
            Vice President (Finance) at BGMEA
              Executive Director South Asia Global Affairs Canada Government of Canada
                Chief Economist for the South Asia region of the World Bank
                  Chairman of United Commercial Bank Limited
                    Professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford
                      Honorable State Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
                        Director at BGMEA and Honorary Consul of Slovak republic in Bangladesh
                          Honourary International Advisor of BGMEA
                            Country Head Marks & Spencer Bangladesh and Myanmar
                              Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh
                                Managing Director of Shafi Processing Industries Limited and Senior Vice President, BGMEA
                                  Research Director at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
                                    CEO of the Danish industry association Dansk Fashion & Textile
                                      Policy Analyst Textile & Garment Responsible Business Conduct Unit Investment Division Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
                                        Program Manager, PaCT
                                          Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
                                            Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh
                                              Managing Director of the Rising Group
                                                President of the Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI)
                                                  Vice Chairman of Newage Group of Industries
                                                    Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh
                                                      Executive Director, ETI
                                                        Country Director of ILO Bangladesh
                                                          Head of PSES, GIZ
                                                            Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute, London
                                                              Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark to Bangladesh
                                                                High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka
                                                                  • 25 Feb
                                                                    Day 1
                                                                  • OPENING
                                                                  • SESSIONS
                                                                  • CLOSING
                                                                  10.30 am- 01.00 pm INAUGURAL CEREMONY
                                                                  INAUGURAL CEREMONY

                                                                  HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER OF BANGLADESH SHEIKH HASINA HAS GIVEN HER KIND CONSENT TO BE THE CHIEF GUEST OF THE OPENING SESSION. Duration: 120 minutes Starts at : 10:30AM

                                                                  02:00 PM - 03:30 PM SESSION-1
                                                                  Business Policy & Environment: Towards a Better Bangladesh

                                                                  SESSION-1: Business Policy & Environment: Towards a Better Bangladesh Bangladesh’s apparel industry has taken great strides against many internal and external challenges. The tragic building collapse was the most unfortunate part that brought significant global attention to supply chain responsibility issues. In the recent years the industry has been making tangible progress in occupational health and safety as well as structural integrity and harmonious industrial relations. There remains more to be done. The panelists in this session will share their perspectives on transformation, challenges faced and the road ahead. The session will also highlight the importance of modernization and resilience of the industry and moving up the ladder of responsible value chain for creating better opportunities for all.

                                                                  SL Speakers Name Designation & Department
                                                                  1 Mr. Tofail Ahmed, M.P Honorable Minister Ministry of Commerce Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
                                                                  2 Dr. Nazneen Ahmed Senior Research Fellow Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)
                                                                  3 H.E. Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
                                                                  4 Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam (Moderator) First Vice President Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI)
                                                                  5 Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur Managing Director Apex Footwear Ltd.
                                                                  6 Mr. Mohammed Nasir Vice President (Finance) Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
                                                                  7 Mr. Robert McDougall Executive Director South Asia,Global Affairs Canada Government of Canada
                                                                  8 Dr. Martin Rama Chief Economist South Asia Region, World Bank
                                                                  9 M. A. Sabur Chairman, United Commercial Bank Limited
                                                                  10 Dr. Christopher Woodruff Professor Development Economics Oxford University

                                                                  3.45 PM - 5.15 PM SESSION 2
                                                                  Collaborative and Responsible Sourcing For Sustainable Growth

                                                                  SESSION 2: Collaborative and Responsible Sourcing For Sustainable Growth In the global supply chain, all need a mutually beneficial, predictable and responsible business practices and actions by all stakeholders to ensure sustainability. This requires closer cooperation. Agenda 2030 for global sustainable development speaks of inclusive development and resilient industrialization. These issues are also in focus in various global forums, e.g. UN, OECD, and G7. The other side of the coin is that fierce competition among the buyers and suppliers not necessarily is healthy and sustainable for all stakeholders in the supply chain. This session will discuss the importance of stakeholders’ collaboration and economics of sustainability for meaningful persuasion of sustainability agenda within the apparel supply chain.

                                                                  SL Speakers Name Designation & Department
                                                                  1 Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P Honorable State Minister Ministry of Foreign Affairs Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
                                                                  2 Mr. Miran Ali (Moderator) Director Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
                                                                  3 Ms. Nazma Akter Executive Director AWAJ Foundation
                                                                  4 Dr. Sharif As Saber Professor RMIT University, Australia
                                                                  5 Ms. Shwapna Bhowmick Country Head, Marks & Spencer, Bangladesh and Myanmar
                                                                  6 H.E. Leoni Margaretha CUELENAERE Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh
                                                                  7 Mr. Faruque Hassan Senior Vice President Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
                                                                  8 Dr. Fahmida Khatun Research Director Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
                                                                  9 Mr. Thomas Klausen CEO Dansk Fashion & Textile
                                                                  10 Ms. Jennifer Schappert Policy Analyst Textile & Garment Responsible Business Conduct Unit Investment Division Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
                                                                  11 Mr. Mohan Seneviratne Program Manager PaCT, IFC C&A Foundation

                                                                  5.30 PM - 7.00 PM SESSION 3
                                                                  Bangladesh Apparel Industry: Transformation and the Road Ahead

                                                                  Session-3: Bangladesh Apparel Industry: Transformation and the Road Ahead In recent years the economic growth in Bangladesh has exceeded expectations. In fiscal year 2015-16 the GDP growth reached 7.11%. The government is making efforts to pursue ambitious investment target to raise the GDP growth to 8% by 2021. Several projections and assessments by global financial institutes tell Bangladesh to become a manufacturing hub if the country can improve its trade competitiveness. This session will discuss about business climate in the country and policies required to support its growth potentials. The discussions will explore the priorities to move toward industry led economic growth, particularly in the area of conducive business environment and predictable policies as well as meeting growing infrastructure needs.

                                                                  SL Speakers Name Designation & Department
                                                                  1 Mr. Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, ndc Senior Secretary Ministry of Commerce Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
                                                                  2 H.E. Johan Frisell Ambassador of Sweden to Bangladesh
                                                                  3 Mr. Mahmud Hasan Khan (Babu) Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
                                                                  4 Mr. Md. Atiqul Islam President CEBAI & Immediate Past President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
                                                                  5 Mr. Asif Ibrahim (Moderator) Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries
                                                                  6 H.E. Pierre Mayaudon Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh
                                                                  7 Mr. Peter McAllister Executive Director Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
                                                                  8 Mr. Srinivas B Reddy Country Director International Labor Organization (ILO), Bangladesh
                                                                  9 Dr. Jochen Weikert Head of Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES), GIZ, Bangladesh
                                                                  10 Mr. Tim Worstall Senior Fellow Adam Smith Institute, London
                                                                  11 H.E. Mikael H. Winther Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark to Bangladesh
                                                                  12 H.E. Riaz Hamidullah High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka

                                                                  7.05 PM - 7.15 PM CLOSING REMARKS
                                                                  CLOSING REMARKS

                                                                  Duration: 5 minutes Starts at : 7.05PM

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