“Bangladesh Stories,” a new book by Mostafiz Uddin, the owner and managing director of Denim Expert Ltd and the founder of the Bangladesh Denim Expo, provides a deep dive into the country’s apparel industry.
The book is a compilation of 100 articles penned by Uddin for national and international media outlets on topics like sustainability, automation, garment worker’s rights and more. In 2021, Uddin embarked on a letter-writing campaign to Western leaders shedding light on the struggles sourcing countries faced following the pandemic. In the campaign, he highlighted the need for government intervention and support for both manufacturers and retailers alike, encouraging them to reopen stores to keep the supply chain afloat.
Though the opinions given in the articles featured in the book are Uddin’s own, he said he asked for experts’ opinions and feedback before publishing the content. “The experience of writing the articles was self-awakening for me and it enriched me personally,” Uddin told Rivet.
Through the book, Uddin conveys the strength of the Bangladesh apparel industry, the improvements it made and the challenges. “The apparel industry is tremendously important for the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh,” Uddin said, noting that apparel exports account for more than 84 percent of the country’s total foreign export and about 4 million people are directly employed in Bangladesh apparel industry.
He also identifies the issues that must be addressed by stakeholders for the sustainable development of Bangladesh’s apparel industry. “Apparel industry is the lifeline of Bangladesh’s economy, so the development of the country largely hinges upon the sustainable development of the industry,” Uddin said.
The book is available now in Dhaka bookstores and can be purchased online at Rokomari.com.
“I hope this book will help to better understand the industry’s dynamics and issues and ultimately act as a catalyst,” he added