Automation may cut 60 per cent jobs in B’desh apparel sector: Study

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

22-December-2018  |  2 mins read

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The advent of automation may have come as a positive development from the manufacturers’ perspective — as they can cut cost and increase efficiencies through automation — but the same cannot be maintained about the workers.

As per a joint study by the Government’s a2i project and the International Labour Organization (ILO), garment sector will be the worst sufferer amongst all in Bangladesh, when it comes to automation. There is a possibility of 27 lakh or 60 per cent of jobs being lost, says the study’s preliminary outcome.

The full outcome will be made available in January next year, reportedly maintained policy advisor of the a2i project Anir Chowdhury participating at a discussion as part of an event jointly organised by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and the Bangladesh Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution (BCFIR) in capital Dhaka recently.

Participating in the discussion titled “4th Industrial revolution: transition to transformation-key challenges and opportunities for Bangladesh”, seeking to assess the impacts of artificial intelligence on the country’s future, Chowdhury further reportedly underlined that some 53.8 lakh jobs are at risk in five key areas of Bangladesh till 2041 for the advent of automation in industries and services sector.

“These are conservative figures and my personal assessment is that the numbers will be higher…We are actually in the mix of the industrial revolution. We know as a country we adopt technology quickly. Job loss is going to be our biggest challenge.” – Anir Chowdhury, Policy advisor, a2i project

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