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  • 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