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  • 25 Feb
    Day 1
  • INAUGURAL
  • SESSIONS
10.30 am- 01.00 pm INAUGURAL CEREMONY
INAUGURAL CEREMONY

Honorable Prime Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017. Special Guests were:  

  1. ABUL MAAL A. MUHITH, M.P (Honorable Minister, Ministry of Finance, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh).
  2.   TOFAIL AHMED, M.P (Honorable Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh).
  3.   ABUL HASSAN MAHMOOD ALI, M.P (Honorable Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh).
  4.  MD. MUJIBUL HAQUE (CHUNNU), M.P (Honorable State Minister,
  5.  Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh).
  6.  E. PIERRE MAYAUDON (Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh).  
Were also present:
  1.  SIDDIQUR RAHMAN (President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).
  2. MOINUDDIN AHMED (First Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).
  3. FARUQUE HASSAN (Senior Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).
  4. S.M. MANNAN-KOCHI (Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).
  5. MOHAMMED NASIR (Vice President (Finance), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).
  6. MAHMUD HASAN KHAN - BABU (Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).
  7. MD. FERDOUS (Vice President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).

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

SESSION-1: Business Policy & Environment: Towards a Better Bangladesh Throughout the session the speakers talked about the importance of stable policy for further growth of the RMG sector and to reach the goal of 50 Billion exports by 2021. Key note speakers presented data that reveals the opportunities as well as challenges that this industry faces. Valuable suggestions as well as ideas to overcome the challenges were replete in every speaker’s presentation from different perspectives. The potentials as well as challenges of Bangladesh apparel industry were discussed in the session. The speakers expressed the hope that Bangladesh would overcome all the challenges and reach the vision as by nature Bangladesh is a nation of survivors and winners.  

SL Speakers Name Designation & Department
1 Mr. Tofail Ahmed, M.P Honorable Minister , Ministry of Commerce
2 Dr. Nazneen Ahmed Senior Research Fellow, BIDS
3 Shwapna Bhowmick Country Head, Marks & Spencer Bangladesh and Myanmar
4 H.E. Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
5 Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam (Moderator) First Vice President, FBC
6 Mr. Syed Nasim Manzur Former President, MCCI and Managing Director, Apex Footwear Ltd.
7 Mr. Mohammed Nasir    Vice President (Finance), BGMEA
8 Mr. Robert McDougall Executive Director South Asia,Global Affairs Canada Government of Canada
9 Dr. Martin Rama Chief Economist South Asia Region, World Bank
10 M. A. Sabur Chairman, United Commercial Bank Limited
11 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 The session was a dynamic and inspiring one in terms of what has been achieved by this industry so far and what can be expected in the near future. All the speakers defined and explained the terms ‘collaboration’, ‘responsible sourcing’ and ‘sustainable growth’ from different perspectives and agreed that both collaboration and responsible sourcing is absolutely necessary for sustainable growth of Bangladesh garment industry. Collaboration has been defined as true partnership and shared responsibility among all the stakeholders of this industry, whereas responsible sourcing denotes the consideration of environmental issues, energy efficiency, workers’ rights and workplace safety. Sustainable growth means growing without using up all the resources. The fact that this industry has come a long way and faced numerous challenges over the years was mentioned by most of the presenters. And all of them believe that Bangladesh has successfully overcome all the obstacles and now have a powerful position in the global RMG sector.

MODERATOR: MIRAN ALI (Director, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA).

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 Ms. Nazma Akter Executive Director AWAJ Foundation
3 Dr. Sharif As Saber Professor RMIT University, Australia
4 Ms. Shwapna Bhowmick Country Head, Marks & Spencer, Bangladesh and Myanmar
5 H.E. Leoni Margaretha CUELENAERE Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh
6 Mr. Faruque Hassan Senior Vice President Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGMEA)
7 Dr. Fahmida Khatun Research Director Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
8 Mr. Thomas Klausen CEO Dansk Fashion & Textile
9 Ms. Jennifer Schappert Policy Analyst Textile & Garment Responsible Business Conduct Unit Investment Division Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD
10 Mr. Mohan Seneviratne Program Manager PaCT, IFC C&A Foundation
11 H.E. Mikael H. Winther Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark to Bangladesh

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

Throughout the session, all the discussants shared their respective views on how much the Bangladesh apparel industry has transformed over the years from its inception. They have also made predictions regarding the future of this industry and discussed the best practices for the growth of this industry even further. Most of the panelists talked about the importance of shared responsibility, necessary investment in social and physical infrastructure, research and skills development for workers as well as for mid-level managers, workers’ rights, workplace safety, true partnership and collaboration among all the actors of this industry and such other issues. Compliance and sustainability were two buzzing terms that kept coming in almost every speech, which proves the significant roles these play in the road ahead of Bangladesh RMG sector. Demands have been made for fair pricing and level playing field for Bangladesh industry.
  MODERATOR: ASIF IBRAHIM (Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries).  
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 H.E. Pierre Mayaudon Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh
6 Mr. Peter McAllister Executive Director Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
7 Mr. Srinivas B Reddy Country Director International Labor Organization (ILO), Bangladesh
8 Dr. Jochen Weikert Head of Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES), GIZ, Banglades h
9 Mr. Tim Worstall Senior Fellow Adam Smith Institute, London
10 H.E. Mikael H. Winther Ambassador, Embassy of Denmark to Bangladesh
11 H.E. Riaz Hamidullah High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka