There is an international conspiracy in play to destroy Bangladesh’s readymade garments industry, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said; echoing what the local apparel manufacturers have been trying to say for quite some time now.
“There was conspiracy in the past, there is still conspiracy in play. There are vested quarters engaged to curb the export growth of Bangladesh. But, we are confident that no ill intended engagements can hinder the growth of this sector,” Minister Amu said.
He was speaking at the opening of three trade shows – ‘Print Tech Bangladesh’, ‘Gartex Bangladesh’ and ‘Bangladesh Leather and Footwear Expo’ – at Dhaka’s International Convention Centre, Bashundhara, on July 27, 2018. The exposition is being organised jointly by Bangladesh Indenting Agents’ Association and Limra Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.
Bangladesh’s apparel industry has fetched over US $ 30 billion during the recently-concluded 2017-18 fiscal. Industries Minister Amu maintained that the readymade garments, the sector that consistently upholds over 82 per cent of Bangladesh’s total export volume, is the sector of highest importance to the government.
Bangladesh’s apparel makers have been complaining of propaganda at the international level behind the sluggish growth of the business. They are considering it as one of the main barriers towards trade expansion. To combat this stigma, they are now planning to brand the ‘Made in Bangladesh’ tag and create a brand value.