Reflecting on the dominance of foreign expatriates in the management system at garment factories, experts believe that efficient management professionals are needed to implement sustainability in the apparel sector of Bangladesh.
Speaking on a discussion focussed on the need for efficient local professionals, the group of factory owners, business leaders, and stakeholders have underlined that Bangladesh should now focus on capacity building of local professionals to implement a sustainable industry.
“It doesn’t make sense to hire professionals from India or Sri Lanka, and spend our earned money on them. China, Turkey, and Vietnam are spending millions on grooming human capital. We have to remember that developing the human resource is the first step of all industrial successes,” said Shafiqur Rahman, President, Institution of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ITET), at the discussion held on August 8, 2018.
Tareq Amin, Editor and Publisher of Textile Today, emphasised on the need for a holistic approach towards sustainability. “For sustainability, management and installation, we need to build efficient professionals. In this regard, Textile Today already has taken initiatives by its Textile Today Training Module and today, we have launched certificate course on Sustainability Management.”
Is needs to be mentioned that Textile Today, a textiles-related magazine of Bangladesh, has partnered with Engineering Resources International (ERI) Ltd. to launch a training and capacity building program that aims to groom efficient professionals for the textile industry who will run the Sustainability Department and implement Sustainability Management System (SMS) at factories.
According to estimates of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the foreign expatriates working in the garment factories are remitting away about US $ 6 billion every year. And, during the fiscal 2017-18, Bangladesh earned a total of US $ 30.6 billion worth from apparel shipments.
Akbar Hakim, Managing Director & CEO at ERI, said, “Sustainability is a broad concept. To implement it in Bangladesh’s textile and apparel industry, which accounts for more than 80 per cent foreign export earnings, every stakeholder, especially owners, should adapt the concept of ‘sustainability’.”
Among others present during the programme were Prof. Ayub Nabi Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor at BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology, Ehsanul Karim Kaisar, Former-Executive Director at Esquire Knit Composites Ltd., and Selim Reza, Senior Vice President at The Institution of Textile Engineers & Technologists (ITET).