Garment pieceworkers not eligible for overtime pay

22 May 2014

Garment workers who are paid for the number of pieces they produce per day will not be eligible for overtime pay as they are employed on a contract basis, according to a notice of the labour and employment ministry issued on Thursday. The workers paid on a piecework basis did not get any overtime pay […]

Bangladesh gradually ensuring garment workers’ rights

22 May 2014

Bangladesh has been steadily implementing the commitments made and suggestions elaborated by the US, EU and development partners on workers’ rights and safety in the garment sector. “Yet, it remains a continuous process. Present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is steadfast to sustain the changes to make the RMG sector a […]

Missed opportunities of RMG and 2014

22 May 2014

WE were supposed to be doubling our exports by 2030. We were supposed to be hitting new highs without any hiccups. We were supposed to be the sector that would employ more people than we ourselves ever thought we could. Instead, at least 500 active factories have closed down; 1,000 factories of average level have […]

Future of RMG sector brightening

22 May 2014

At a time when European and US markets are shrinking for Bangladeshi apparel exports, the news that one of the biggest names in Swedish retail industry H&M has decided to double its business to US$3 billion in Bangladesh over the next five years is welcome news indeed. The move by the global giant that sources […]

Suspension of US GSP – What does this mean for Bangladesh

22 May 2014

THE US government suspended Bangladesh from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) which allows duty-free entry of over 5,000 goods to the US market from least developed countries. This action comes as a result of Bangladesh government’s failure to improve working conditions in the country. Although Washington based lobbyists have been making a case for […]

Bangladesh overtakes India in RMG exports

22 May 2014

Bangladesh has overtaken India in readymade garment exports despite the recent setbacks it received like instances of building collapses and fire at manufacturing units, says a study by Exim Bank. Between January and October 2013, readymade shipments by Indian exporters to the US grew 6.3 per cent to $3.2 billion, while the same by Bangladesh […]

Undervalued garment workers

24 September 2013

Garment workers, whose toils fetch the country $19 billion in export earnings, the highest among all industrial sectors, get one of the lowest wages. Thanks to cheap labour, the industry thrived over the last three decades and has gone on to become the second biggest apparel sourcing destination in the world after China. “This is […]

CPD proposes doubling salary

24 September 2013

  Khondaker Golam Moazzem, additional director (research) of Centre for Policy Dialogue, speaks at a dialogue on “Minimum Wage for Garment Workers” held at the Cirdap Auditorium in the capital. Photo: SK Enamul Haq The Centre for Policy Dialogue has recommended TK 6,560 as the minimum wage for

Artificial limbs for Rana Plaza victim

24 September 2013

We wholeheartedly welcome and appreciate the Thai government’s prosthetic limb substitution project to help the unfortunate victims of Rana Plaza tragedy and other disabled persons of Bangladesh. The Royal Thai government, in collaboration with Prostheses Foundation of the Princess Mother and Bangladesh government have taken up this project for persons with disabilities in Bangladesh.

EU consortium to start inspecting RMG factories from November

24 September 2013

DHAKA, SEPT 23: A 87 member EU consortium of retailers and international brands – Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh –expected to start inspection of BangladeshRMG factories that supply them necessary apparels from early November.

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Access to Buyer

Kutubuddin acting president of Korea-Bd Chamber

Posted on 13 January 2011

Mr. Kutubuddin Ahmed, Director, KBCCI and Chairman, Envoy Group will perform as the acting president of Korea Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI).

Analysis

Bangladesh gradually ensuring garment workers’ rights

Posted on 22 May 2014

Bangladesh has been steadily implementing the commitments made and suggestions elaborated by the US, EU and development partners on workers’ rights and safety in the garment sector. “Yet, it remains a continuous process. Present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is steadfast to sustain the changes to make the RMG sector a […]

Apparel and Textile

Garment pieceworkers not eligible for overtime pay

Posted on 22 May 2014

Garment workers who are paid for the number of pieces they produce per day will not be eligible for overtime pay as they are employed on a contract basis, according to a notice of the labour and employment ministry issued on Thursday. The workers paid on a piecework basis did not get any overtime pay […]

Apparels Market

Missed opportunities of RMG and 2014

Posted on 22 May 2014

WE were supposed to be doubling our exports by 2030. We were supposed to be hitting new highs without any hiccups. We were supposed to be the sector that would employ more people than we ourselves ever thought we could. Instead, at least 500 active factories have closed down; 1,000 factories of average level have […]

Associations

FBCCI expresses concern over recent vandalism at RMG units

Posted on 23 September 2013

DHAKA, Sept 22: Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Sunday expressed concern over the recent vandalism at some readymade garment (RMG) factories centering rise in wages of workers.In a statement, the FBCCI urged the government to take necessary steps for maintaining stability in the multi-billion dollar garment industry, said a release. […]

Bank & Finance

Banks asked to open accounts for garment workers

Posted on 18 September 2013

Star Business Report The central bank asked all scheduled banks to open bank accounts for apparel workers with an initial balance of Tk 100. The Green Banking and CSR Department of Bangla-desh Bank issued a circular in this regard yesterday. There will be

Breaking Story

Vital RMG sector has to be saved, taking timely and pragmatic steps

Posted on 04 June 2013

More than a month after the Savar ‘tragedy’, the readymade garments (RMG) industry of Bangladesh remains a matter of discussions at both national and international levels for a variety of reasons. It is only normal that the issue would be hotly discussed and debated in various forms for the simple reason that so many valuable […]

Business

Bangladesh overtakes India in RMG exports

Posted on 22 May 2014

Bangladesh has overtaken India in readymade garment exports despite the recent setbacks it received like instances of building collapses and fire at manufacturing units, says a study by Exim Bank. Between January and October 2013, readymade shipments by Indian exporters to the US grew 6.3 per cent to $3.2 billion, while the same by Bangladesh […]

Buyers

Danish retailers sign Bangladesh safety reform plan

Posted on 27 June 2013

PWT Group, a user of the clothing factory that collapsed in Bangladesh in April, and five other Danish firms, have agreed to sign an international accord on fire and safety in Bangladesh. The accord was worked out and endorsed by

Export Quality

Jute exports could crimp this fiscal

Posted on 30 July 2011

After achieving a phenomenal growth in exporting jute goods in the last fiscal year (FY), Bangladesh may not fulfil the export target of those goods in the current FY (2011-12) due to political upheaval and recession in many countries, industry insiders said.

Fashion

Future of RMG sector brightening

Posted on 22 May 2014

At a time when European and US markets are shrinking for Bangladeshi apparel exports, the news that one of the biggest names in Swedish retail industry H&M has decided to double its business to US$3 billion in Bangladesh over the next five years is welcome news indeed. The move by the global giant that sources […]

GSP

Suspension of US GSP – What does this mean for Bangladesh

Posted on 22 May 2014

THE US government suspended Bangladesh from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) which allows duty-free entry of over 5,000 goods to the US market from least developed countries. This action comes as a result of Bangladesh government’s failure to improve working conditions in the country. Although Washington based lobbyists have been making a case for […]

International

Improving garment worker safety

Posted on 22 May 2014

THE situation in Bangladesh is complex and challenging.  The 700 factories that make products for the Alliance member companies are only a small fraction of the roughly 5,000 factories in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry.  Rapid industry growth and urbanization have led to factories sprouting up in apartments and other places that are ill-suited to large-scale […]

Investment

Artificial limbs for Rana Plaza victim

Posted on 24 September 2013

We wholeheartedly welcome and appreciate the Thai government’s prosthetic limb substitution project to help the unfortunate victims of Rana Plaza tragedy and other disabled persons of Bangladesh. The Royal Thai government, in collaboration with Prostheses Foundation of the Princess Mother and Bangladesh government have taken up this project for persons with disabilities in Bangladesh.

Notice Board

RMG sector earning may reach $30-35b in 4-5 yrs

RMG sector earning may reach $30-35b in 4-5 yrs

Posted on 13 January 2011

The earning from garment sector may be taken up to US$ 30-35 billion in the next 4-5 years by ensuring power, infrastructure and port facilities, and maintaining law and order situation, said FBCCI President A K Azad.

RMG Law

Gazipur Ansar camp attacked, arms, ammo looted

Posted on 23 September 2013

Over 140 hurt as workers block highways, vandalise 115 vehicles, 10 factories; most RMG units in Tejgaon, Gazipur halt production Star Online Report Readymade garments workers take to the street blocking Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Gazipur Monday morning demanding minimum

Top Stories

Global RMG market – Bangladesh projected as Next China

Posted on 22 May 2014

Due to declining profit margins and capacity constraints in China, investors are looking at other lower-cost countries for making investment in ready-made garment (RMG) industry, and producing and sourcing garment products. Bangladesh’s apparel exports could triple by 2020 as the European and the US buyers plan to strengthen their presence in the country and new […]

Trade Fair

‘Trade in Bangladesh Fair-2013’ begins today

Posted on 29 August 2013

DHAKA, Aug 28:  A three-day trade fair, titled ‘Trade in Bangladesh’, begins in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tomorrow (Thursday) for boosting the Dhaka-KL trade, organisers said Wednesday. Headmaster Events in collaboration with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) are organizing the show at the Putra World […]