Prime Minister suggests for new garments markets

Staff Correspondent,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina/Photo: Focus Bangla

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina/Photo: Focus Bangla

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Dhaka,( Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the garments industry owners on Wednesday (April 3) to search out new international markets through diversification of their products in order to feed the likings of different fashions and designs of the various nations of the globe.

She said this while inaugurating the new BGMEA complex built at Uttara through video conferencing from Gonobhavan.

She said that, “present day diplomacy is economic diplomacy. Accordingly our  diplomats serving abroad have been given instructions to find out markets of Bangladeshi products in different countries.”

Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for the survival of the garments industry on strong base because a large number woman is employed here. In the rural economy this has a very positive impact and also playing an active role in building rural economy on a solid base.

She pointed out that the fashion designing is very important in garments manufacturing and for this reason there is a fashion designing university in our country.

Regarding old BGMEA complex she said that the building was not built on the site which I gave them in the nineties but it was built on a wrong site causing barrier to natural water flow and the piece of land which has no right and title of BGMEA.

However, finally good senses prevail among the BGMEA leaders that pushed them to build new modern complex which must have wide display centers for attracting the foreign buyers, she said.

Regarding the wages of the garments workers Sheikh Hasina said that during last ten years their wages have been enhanced to Taka 8000.00 from Taka 1600.00. The garments owners were given rebate of source tax. I can not impose tax in budget but can reduce it, she said.

In the function Prime Minister’s private sector adviser Salman F. Rahman, DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam, former BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedi and Anowarul Islam Chowdhury Parvez were present at Gonobhavan end.

On the other hand at the newly built complex end BGMEA president Siddikur Rahman, first VP Moiuddin Ahmed Mintu, VP M.A. Mannan Kochi, VP (finance) Md. Nasir, Mohammadi group managing director Rubana Haque and other leaders were present. Secretary to PMO Sazzadul Hassan conducted the video conferencing at Gonobhavan.

It may be mentioned here that after eight years of legal battle the BGMEA finally conceded defeat on ground of right and title of land as well as blocking the natural flow of water reservoir of Hatijheel that prompted them to build new complex.