Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has taken a move to lift the bar on contesting in its executive committee election after serving the offices for three consecutive terms or six successive years.
The trade body is going to hold an extraordinary general meeting on this issue on October 31.
The BGMEA has issued a notice to its members in this regard saying that the EGM would be held with an aim to amend or scrap the provision of Article 13 (iii) of the Memorandum and Articles of Association as the provision imposed a bar on a member of the trade body for contesting in board of directors’ election after serving the office for six successive years.
The BGMEA has taken the initiative after two months of the amendment to Trade Organisations Rules by the commerce ministry.
In the latest amendment to the Trade Organisations Rules on July 29 this year the government lifted the contest barrier.
‘We all know why the BGMEA is going to life the bar on contesting executive committee election for a member of the trade body after serving the office for six successive years but we have nothing to do,’ one of the BGMEA leaders, not to be named, told New Age on Thursday.
He said that some influential people want to remain at BGMEA board for indefinite period and the government had created an opportunity for them through the latest amendment to the Trade Organisations Rules.
Lifting bar on contesting in board of directors’ election after serving the office for six consecutive years would be a bad example for the BGMEA and the association would be confined by a vested group as the amendment to Articles of Association would stop the creation of new leadership, he said.
The Memorandum and Articles of Association 13 (iii) stipulated that ‘The term of office of the Board of Directors of the association shall be two tears term from the date of assumption of office. Any person who is elected as a member of the Board of Directors through regular election held for every two-year term and thus remains a members of the board of directors consecutively for six years shall not be eligible for re-election as a member of the Board of Directors for the next two years.’
In an amendment to the Trade Organisations Rules on December 5, 2017, the government imposed bar on a person from contesting executive committee election of a trade body like Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association after serving the office for two consecutive terms.
In the amendment, the commerce ministry had incorporated a new ‘Section 21KA’ in place of ‘Section 21’ in the rules that had been abolished through another amendment in 2002.
According to the new section, the tenure of the executive committee of any trade body will be two years and no person will be eligible to be elected to the committee of a trade body after two consecutive terms in the office.
‘If a person remains member of the executive committee of a trade body for four consecutive years or more [If no election is held during the time], he/she will not be allowed to participate in the next elections to the body,’ the amendment said.
After seven months of the amendment the commerce ministry had brought further amendment to the Trade Organisations Rules on July 29 this year lifting the bar on contesting executive committee election of a trade body after serving the office for two consecutive terms.
Sources said that the government had brought the change in the TO rules twice within last seven months due to the request of teh country’s influential business leaders.
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