The two-day ‘Sustainable Apparel Forum 2017’ and Denim Expo began at International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital on Wednesday.
Commerce minister Tofail Ahmed inaugurated the apparel forum as chief guest while principal coordinator of sustainable development goals (SDGs) affairs of Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad, German ambassador Thomas Prinz, Dutch ambassador Leone Cuelenaere, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry newly elected president, also incumbent first vice-president, Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association former president Md Atiqul Islam were also present on the occasion.
H&M Group country director for Bangladesh and Pakistan Gustaf Asp, HSBC Bangladesh chief executive officer Francois de Maricourt and Bangladesh Apparel Exchange chief executive officer Mostafiz Uddin and managing director Md Mohiuddin Rubel were also present at the programme.
Four knowledge sessions were held at the forum on saving water, resources and cost, energy efficiency, green factories and sustainable financing.
The objective of the sessions was to facilitate meaningful exchange of knowledge to make sustainability easier to be exercised by garment factories and individuals.
BAE organised the event in collaboration with a number of embassies and organisations.
With the flagship event, BAE also arranged two-day 6th Bangladesh Denim Expo at the same venue where 50 business houses from 12 countries including Bangladesh, China, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Pakistan, Japan, San Marino, Germany, Brazil, India and Hong Kong displayed their products.
The denim expo is a very important project that aims to connect the international buyers with the Bangladesh suppliers, said Mostafiz Uddin
‘We want to connect the top players of denim such as brands, retailers, manufacturers and experts in order to share a global approach towards the main challenges of our times,’ he said.
A total of five informative seminars and workshops on trends, innovation and new technologies, global denim market and quality assurance are also being held at the two-day expo.
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