The Made in Bangladesh Week took place in Dhaka from 12th to 18th November 2022 successfully.
The event, organised by the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association), in partnership with BAE (Bangladesh Apparel Exchange), hosted events such as Dhaka Apparel Summit, the 37th International Apparel Federation (IAF) World Fashion Convention, Bangladesh Denim Expo, Dhaka Apparel Expo, Sustainable Design, Innovation Award, and the global launching of BGMEA Innovation Center among others.
The week-long initiative involved various key players of the global apparel and textile markets discussing, sharing experiences and visions about the theme “Care for Fashion”.
She also noted that Bangladesh is setting up 100 economic zones in different parts of the country and wished that local and foreign investments will support them.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) expects to achieve US$100 billion export target by 2030, that will be about 10% of the global apparel market share.
The Made in Bangladesh Week also provided industry stakeholders across the world an opportunity to see the take-off of the vision as Bangladesh continues to pursue new areas of expansion, manufacturing excellence and sustainable growth.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan also highlighted the progress of Bangladesh apparel industry in safety and sustainability recently. “We are now also focusing on optimum use of resources, including making a shift from linear to circular model of business as Bangladesh apparel industry generates about 440 million tons of pre-consumer waste every year,” he said.
Dhaka Apparel Summit gave Bangladeshi policymakers, apparel manufacturers, buyers and stakeholders a platform to discuss the stories of transformation and progress in workplace safety, workers’ wellbeing, environmental sustainability and innovation, and to decide the ways forward for the sustainable development of Bangladesh apparel industry.
Speakers of the summit included Md Shahriar Alam, MP, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh; Anne-Laure Descours, Chief Sourcing Officer, Puma; Francisco Javier Losada Montero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Inditex; Monique Leewenburgh, Director of Sourcing, Tech and Sustainability in Clothing & Home, M&S – London; Ziaur Rahman, Regional Country Manager Production (Bangladesh, Pakistan and Africa), H&M; Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework, WTO and many other guests.