Bangladesh Textile Mills Association leaders on Thursday said gas shortage has retarded the progress of the country’s textile sector.
‘Expansion of the country’s textile sector witnessed a slowdown in recent years due to lack of adequate gas supply, power delivery and required land,’ BTMA acting president Mohammad Ali Khokon said while addressing the fifteenth edition of Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition 2018 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
He requested the government to ensure required volume of gas for the textile sector saying that improvement had taken place in power sector, but it was not enough to run heavy industries, like textile.
He, however, said that the DGT would help to establish a strong backward linkage industry for country’s apparel and clothing sector as the event was an excellent avenue of displaying the latest technological advancement in textile and garment sector.
Textile machineries manufacturers from 36 countries, including China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan and Korea, are showcasing their latest products and technologies in about 1200 booths in the event.
State minister for finance MA Mannan inaugurated the event as the chief guest.
He said that the government would provide all out support to the textile and garment industry as the sector has been considered ‘the mother of the country’s economy’ since long.
He said gas problem would be solved shortly as the government was going to start the import of LNG within a few months.
BTMA vice-president Hossain Mehmood and Yorkers Trade and Marketing Ltd president Judy Wang, among others, attended the programme.
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