Dhaka – Stockholm has assured Dhaka of importing Bangladeshi apparels amid the global pandemic of novel coronavirus that caused shutting of most international retainers’ outlets in Europe and America.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven made the assurance on Wednesday while talking to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina by phone, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
H&M, the Swedish multinational clothing-retail company, known for its fast-fashion clothing, accessories, footwear, cosmetics and home textiles, is one of the largest imported of Bangladeshi garments.
Bangladesh, the second largest apparel producer worldwide after China, has been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak as many international buyers either cancelled or held up purchase order. The H&M however intended not to cancel its orders from Bangladesh.
During the 15-minute conversation between the two prime ministers, they discussed about the economic impacts of the pandemic, trade and business issues.
They also discussed ways for jointly fight the virus to overcome situation, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha need agency.
Prime Minister Hasina expressed firm optimism that Bangladesh could fulfill the orders of the garment products of global buyers despite the coronavirus outbreak.
The Swedish premier assured that his country won’t cancel any order of Bangladesh saying his country will continue to import from Bangladesh.
Hasina informed Bangladeshi owners have opened their factories by maintaining the health codes.
The two premiers praised the steps taken by both the countries in containing the pandemic.