This Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, Harvard University will play host to the Bangladesh Development Conference 2015, a gathering of garment sector stakeholders who will discuss the challenges facing Bangladesh’s ready made garment sector and outline sustainable ways forward.
Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf, the conference coordinator said the hope for the conference is to identify the industry’s critical issues and gaps in correcting them, outline priorities and provide recommendations to stakeholders for transforming the sector.
“The biggest challenge facing the RMG industry is improvement of safety conditions in over 5,000 plants and staying competitive in the international market,” Yousuf said. “The stakeholders, viz. labor, owners, government, and the international community (buyers, multi-government agencies, NGOs, etc.) can work together to ensure that international investment and the know-how keep flowing in to meet the 2021 target of $50 billion export. This can be an effective platform to unite different groups to support RMG in real terms, e.g. financing remediation, responsible sourcing, duty free and quota free market access.”
Seminar sessions include: “Charting the Path to 2018 – the Future of the RMG Sector in Bangladesh,” “Realities of Today’s Retail Environment and its Effects on Sourcing and Buying Decisions,” and “Compliant and Responsible Supply Chains – Product and Worker Safety.”
Confirmed speakers include Bangladesh Garment Manufactures & Exporters Association (BGMEA) vice president Shahidullah Azim, Ellen O’Kane Tauscher, chair of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, Rick Darling, Alliance board member and Li & Fung executive director of government and public affairs, Jean Shein, director of corporate social responsibility for Uniqlo USA and Uniqlo Europe, Avedis Sefarian, Alliance board advisor and president and CEO of WRAP, Raymond B. Bizal, southwest regional director for the National Fire Protection Association and Edward Hertzman, founder and publisher of Sourcing Journal, among others.
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