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BGMEA and SEP-B to Start Training Program for RMG Workers

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Skills and Employment Programme of Bangladesh (SEP-B) to enhance the RMG workers’ productivity, as reported by the Dhaka Tribune.

Financial support will be extended to the industry-led initiatives for developing and implementing vocational training systems in Bangladesh. It will take place under the MoU, which aims to develop private sector-led vocational training systems.

BGMEA vice president Reaz Bin Mahmud and Paul Weijers, team leader of SEP-B, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.

The development activities of the Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industry (CEBAI) will be employed under this deal, while SEP-B provides technical support. The Centre of Excellence is an initiative supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Government of Sweden, the leading Swedish fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) and the BGMEA.

After the MoU signing ceremony, BGMEA president Atiqual Islam said,“CEBAI has been established considering the fast growing industry and envisaging the potential expansion of RMG market in the next 5-10 years.” He added, “We need a platform that can demonstrate and implement the initiatives and make the best practices for the industry in terms of all sort of skill development and research.”

The RMG sector is one of the most focused of SEP-B, made to establish integrated, market-driven and skill-training models that will greatly assist efficiency among the trainees, reporte BGMEA vice president Bin Mahmud.

The Bangladeshi garment sector is continuing with a goal to reach $50 billion export by the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.