The garment makers’ bodies in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) along with Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) have called upon the Government once again to allow factories to reopen.
It may be mentioned here that Bangladesh Government has imposed a 14-day countrywide lockdown in view of the coronavirus situation in the country even as this time around no exception has been made for the apparel manufacturing units and other export-oriented industries so far despite repeated calls from the garment exporters to allow the industry to restart operation.
According to media reports, they urged the Government to allow factories to reopen during a meeting with Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam recently.
Taking part in the meeting, FBCCI President Md. Jashim Uddin, reportedly, stated that as manufacturing activities have been shut owing to restrictions, the supply chain was at risk of breaking down while adding that both the producers and consumers were suffering directly and indirectly even as BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, on his part, reportedly, stated: “We have apprised the Cabinet Secretary of the overall industry situation amidst the pandemic and the ongoing lockdown across the country,” adding, “… have also requested him to allow reopening of industries immediately considering the urgency.”