Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the leaders of Bangladesh’s apparel sector to go for more diversified products and tap new markets to bring more money through garments export.
Hasina made the call on Wednesday when the newly-elected office bearers of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporter Association led by Ruban Huq met her at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Prime Minister praised the apparel sector saying that the industry had put a big role in Bangladesh’s development. But she emphasized on production diversification for boosting export.
“You should give more importance to the diversification of products and boost export,” Hasina said about the sector that adds more than 80 per cent of the country’s total export earnings.
Bangladesh is the second largest apparel producing country after China.
The Prime Minister referred to the London meeting she had with Bangladeshi envoys in Europe and said that she directed the envoys to look for more new markets for Bangladeshi products.
On Brexit, she said it would hardly impact on Bangladesh’s businesses, particularly the import in the European countries. Britain is scheduled to get out of the European Union on October 31.
Hasina also asked the business leaders to remain alert against propaganda against her government by certain quarter as she believes the propaganda against the present government eventually harm the business community.
“You (business community) should address it (the propaganda) as you are being affected by it,” she told the delegation.
PM’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, former BGMEA presidents Anisur Rahman Sinha, Anwar-Ul-Alam Chowdhury Parvez, and Siddiqur Rahman, and first senior vice president Mohammad Abdus Salam and senior vice president Foysal Samad, spoke on the occasion among others.
Hasina assured the industry leaders about her government’s assistance for more development of the sector.
“We want to develop the country in all fronts. We have to give emphasis on both agriculture and industrialization in the same manner as the overall development of the country will not be possible without industrialization,” Hasina added.