Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), an association of garment industry owners, does not see any fear of the US ban on exports. Rather, the organization has demanded duty-free facilities for exporting garments to the country.
Farooq Hasan, president of the organization, said these things at a press conference at BGMEA building in Diabari of the capital on Tuesday afternoon. He said that although the new wages of the workers are effective, many buyers have not increased the prices yet.
The main market for Bangladeshi garments is the United States. In the last financial year, the country exported 10 billion dollars worth of products. Turning the world economy into an export-dependent country, this country exerts influence through policy making. Recently, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced such a policy to protect labor rights.
In this regard, the BGMEA president said that the working environment of the garment sector is continuously improving. Labor rights are also being consolidated. So there is no fear of ban on export.
Bangladesh has been trying for a long time to get duty-free facilities for exporting garments to the US market. For this purpose, duty-free facility is being given to import cotton of the country. Bangladesh also lifted quarantine restrictions last February. BGMEA president Farooq Hasan called for lifting the duty on the export of clothing to the United States.
He said that the garment traders of Bangladesh are not getting any duty free benefits from the United States. America is also a member of the World Trade Organization. There are certain rules and regulations that impose trade restrictions on any country. According to that rule there is no reason here. Alleged violation of labor laws. But we have not violated labor laws. So we have no reason to worry. There is no reason to worry.
The new wages of garment workers are effective from this month. BGMEA President said that many buyers have not yet increased the price of the product despite the promise.
Farooq Hasan also said that the career summit is being organized for the first time to create skilled manpower in the garment sector. The event will be held on December 23 and 24 at the BGMEA building in Uttara.
Notably, eight members of the US Congress have written to the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) requesting them to ‘strongly support’ the demands of Bangladeshi garment workers for fair wages.