The “Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017”, international apparel summit, is warming up its engines for the 25 February 2017, at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Aim of the initiative is to open a dialogue on framing strategies to secure a more sustainable apparel supply chain from local and global perspectives.

Honorable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, will inaugurate the daylong event, organized by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in collaboration with Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE).

The Dhaka Apparel Summit is a prime event for the textile and apparel industry in Bangladesh that will gather some of the world’s leading experts sharing their experiences and visions on the apparel industry and how it can pursue sustainable growth for years to come.

Audience, Dec. 2014
Photo: Dhaka Apparel Summit
Audience, Dec. 2014

Main focus of the convention will be the apparel industry of Bangladesh, its recent transformation and suggestions to help further develop its sustainable development. As Bangladesh is a part of the global apparel supply chain, also global important apparel issues will be discussed in the summit.

The event will hold three panel discussion sessions, offering an inter-active environment, and allowing an opportunity for exchanging ideas with the whole audience participating. Seminars will be attended by representatives of the government, international organizations, economists, brand representatives, development organizations, employers, workers’ representatives, civil society members, academics, and media from home and abroad.

Apart from local experts, some international experts participating in the different panel discussions will include:

  • H. E. Pierre Mayaudon, Ambassador & the Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh
  • H. E. Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
  • Christopher Woodruff, Professor of Development Economics University of Oxford
  • Tim Worstall, Senior Fellow Adam Smith Institute
  • Martin Rama, Chief Economist, South Asia Region, World Bank
  • Helena Helmersson, Managing Director, H&M Group, Hong Kong
  • Thomas Klausen, CEO, Dansk Fashion & Textile
  • Dr. Jochen Frank Weikert, Head of Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES) GIZ, Bangladesh
  • Srinivasa B Reddy, Country Director, ILO, Bangladesh
  • Peter McAllister, Executive Director, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
  • Jill Tucker, Head of Supply Chain Innovation & Transformation, C&A Foundation
  • Gilbert F. Houngbo, Deputy Director-General of the ILO

Session Agenda for Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017:
10.30 am – 1.00 pm
Inaugural ceremony to be attended by the chief guest Honourable Prime Minister Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Session-1: Business Policy & Environment: Towards a Better Bangladesh

In fiscal year 2015-16 Bangladesh’s GDP growth reached 7.11% and expects to grow to 8% by 2021. 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.

3.45 pm – 5.15 pm
Session-2: Collaborative and Responsible Sourcing For Sustainable Growth

This session will discuss the importance of stakeholders’ collaboration and economics of sustainability for meaningful persuasion of sustainability agenda within the apparel supply chain.

5.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Session-3: Bangladesh Apparel Industry: Transformation and the Road Ahead

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. As there is more to be done, the panelists in this session will share their perspectives on transformation, challenges faced and the road ahead.

7.05 pm – 7.15 pm
Closing remarks

Event: Dhaka Apparel Summit 2017
Date: 25 February 2017; 10.00 am – 7.15 pm
Venue: Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka / Bangladesh

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