The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association on Friday requested its members to fix safety faults at their factories in time so that buyers’ platforms — Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety — could leave Bangladesh on time.
‘Factory owners should cooperate with Accord and Alliance so that the initiatives can complete their works within the five-year timeframe that will be ended by mid 2018,’ BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman said at a press conference held at the office of the trade body in the capital.
He said if all factory owners implement corrective action plans in time stipulated by the Accord and Alliance, the initiatives would not need to
extend their tenure in Bangladesh.
Citing the decision of a meeting between the government, Accord Steering Committee and BGMEA, Siddiq said that the government allowed six more months extension for the Accord as per the request of the platform.
According to the decision, during the six-month extension period the name of the platform will be ‘Transitional Accord’, he said.
I hope that the government-led Remediation Co-ordination Cell would be capable to take over responsibility to oversee the post-remediation activities in the readymade garment sector and there would be no need to extend the tenure of Accord and Alliance.
The government on Thursday agreed for a six-month conditional extension of the Accord after May 31, 2018 when the five-year timeframe of the initiative will end.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 24, 2013, that killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garments workers, EU retailers formed the Accord while North American retailers formed the Alliance undertaking a five-year plan, which set timeframes and accountability for inspections and training and workers empowerment programmes.
Both the platforms conducted safety inspections at more than 2,300 RMG factories from where they procure products.
At the press conference, the BGMEA president also requested the government not to increase the prices of power saying that the RMG sector was passing through various international and local challenges
and the power price hike would be a burden on the sector.
He said that appreciation of the taka against the dollar, poor infrastructure and shortage of power and gas were the key challenges for the export-oriented RMG sector.
BGMEA first vice-president Moinuddin Ahmed, and vice-presidents SM Mannan Kochi and Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu were present, among others, at the press conference.
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