Mostafiz Uddin, an entrepreneur from Bangladesh, founder of the Denim Expert jeanswear manufacturing company and of the trade show Bangladesh Denim Expo has recently published the book “Bangladesh Stories” that was launched during the third Sustainable Apparel Forum (SAF) in Dhaka, an event participated by international apparel stakeholders.





The book presents a selection of 100 articles published by international media. Uddin selected them with the aim to underline different aspects of Bangladesh's apparel and textile industry. 

 



The entrepreneur explained The SPIN OFF the reasons behind the publication.

Mostafiz Uddin (right) and a guest at his book presentation
Photo: Mostafiz Uddin
Mostafiz Uddin (right) and a guest at his book presentation
Why did you decide to publish a book? 
Bangladesh is the second-largest apparel exporting country to the world. It is the only country of the world whose export-oriented garment factories are inspected, and safety remediation made by local and international experts after the tragic Rana Plaza incident. Moreover, the apparel industry is tremendously important for the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, as apparel exports account for more than 84% of the country’s total foreign export. About four million people are directly employed in Bangladesh apparel industry. 

  



Apparel industry is the lifeline of Bangladesh’s economy, so the development of the country largely hinges upon the sustainable development of the industry. On the other hand, Bangladesh, being the second-largest apparel exporting to the world, this industry’s issues and progresses are also significant for the global fashion market as a whole. That’s why I have been sharing my perspectives on the apparel industry in local and international media for years. As international media published over 300 articles quoting me, I have selected 100 articles and published them in my book “Bangladesh Stories”.

Mostafiz Uddin signs copies of his book
Photo: Mostafiz Uddin
Mostafiz Uddin signs copies of his book
What are the key passages of the book? 
If you dissect the articles I selected, you will find that there are three prime messages, I tried to uphold.  

 



These are the main three messages I wanted to communicate. My first message is that sustainability is not an option, but a must for the apparel and textile industry. 

 




My second issue is that collaborations and partnerships among manufacturers and buyers are the key in promoting sustainability in the industry. 

 



And thirdly, sustainability, transparency and innovation will be stairs for the progress of Bangladesh apparel industry.

Bangladesh Stories book
Photo: Mostafiz Uddin
Bangladesh Stories book
What will the future be like for the Bangladesh apparel and textile industry? 
We do believe that the future of Bangladesh apparel and textile industry is bright. Bangladesh apparel industry is now one of the safest places in the world. The industry addressing the safety concerns has also made commendable strides in sustainability, which is one of the reasons behind the buyer's trust on the industry, resulting in good growth in the country’s apparel export in the last fiscal year. However, to sustain the growth and secure the sustainable future of the industry all stakeholders need to work together on the areas such as climate actions, circularity, innovation, responsible purchasing practices, ESG and similar aspects.






Where is the book sold?
The copies of the book are available in the bookshops of Dhaka. Anybody from abroad could also order and buy the book online through the rokomari.com online bookstore. 




 

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