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Bangladesh Opens First Textile Technology Center, Moves Toward Sustainable Production

In its effort to improve its readymade garment sector, Bangladesh has opened its first Textile Technology Business Center (TTBC) in Dhaka to help upgrade the industry’s efficiency.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) launched the center this week in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy (EKN) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Designated as a technology hub, the TTBC’s main goal will be to assist Bangladesh’s textile industry in adopting resource efficiency measures like waste water and ground water management systems.

Netherlands Minister Lilianne Ploumen, who was present at the center’s inauguration said, “The Netherlands aims to support RMG industry of Bangladesh in becoming more sustainable and globally competitive. Bringing in cleaner production practices and technologies that significantly reduce water consumption and effluent, will make the sector more resource-efficient and more competitive.”

BGMEA’s vice president Shahidullah Azim added, “Launching the TTBC is an important step towards a sustainable garment industry.”

The BGMEA also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PSES (Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry) this week saying that it would work to improve factories’ environmental performance.

Under the agreement, BGMEA will collaborate with PSES, a joint program between Bangladesh and Germany centered around eco-friendly initiatives, to promote cleaner production practices among its member factories and encourage them to adopt eco-friendly technologies.

As part of the initiative, BGMEA and PSES will make the knowledge and best practices of members operating superior factories available to all members seeking to improve their environmental performance.

To start, 16 factories will be assessed and aided in using resources more efficiently, and improvement recommendations will be made according to the needs of each participating factory. BGMEA said it will make recommendations on things like energy savings, improved chemical management and operation of waste water treatment plants.

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