Bangladesh’s apparel manufacturers are hoping an increase in export volume to Canada after successfully participating in ‘Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC)’.
The three-day mega exposition held in Toronto, Canada, from August 20-22, was attended by 17 garment manufacturers and exporters of Bangladesh, organised by Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), took Bangladesh closer to buyers, according to fair participants. Ministry of Commerce and high Commission of Bangladesh in Canada governed the participation.
Mizanur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Canada, Masuk Shikder, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Ministry, Bangladesh, Shakil Mahmud, Commercial Councilor, Anup Kumar Saha, Director, EPB, and a large number of industry stakeholders attended the event and took part in discussions that took place on the side-lines.
The exhibition brought together over 500 manufacturers from 30 countries, including a big number of North American buyers. American Eagle, GAP, Walmart, Hagar Canada, FDJ Canada, Tesco and many others were among the big shots who were in the event.
Desh Garments Ltd., Lusine Fashion Ltd., DK Group of Industries, Needle Fashion Bangladesh Ltd., Meek Sweater Ltd., RP Fashion Ltd., SATCO Bangladesh, Sahab Fashion Ltd. and Habah Fashion Ltd. were among the participants. Apparel and textile entrepreneurs also participated in various seminars and discussions.
“Bangladesh participated in the exhibition with a vision of building relationships between buyers and suppliers through exchanging views among them as well as sharing the ideas and technology of new fashion and innovation,” an EPB official reportedly said.
According to fair participants, Bangladesh is hoping to increase apparel exports to Canada following the event. Currently, Bangladesh is hoping to boost trade with Canada and take the engagement to beyond US $ 3 billion mark in the next three years. In 2017, Bangladesh exported goods worth US $ 1.1 billion to Canada – more than 95 per cent of which was readymade garment items.