The newly elected office bearers of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association led by the first female president of the association, Rubana Huq, on Saturday took charge of the trade body for a two-year term.
At the 36th annual general meeting of BGMEA, the immediate past president of the trade body, Md Siddiqur Rahman, and his board handed over the responsibility to the new committee at the new headquarters of the association at Uttara in capital Dhaka.
‘Victory is a humbling experience. Along with victory comes a huge responsibility of steering the sector forward. The current board and I look forward to working with transparency and commitment in order to provide maximum service to the stakeholders,’ Rubana told New Age on Saturday.
After taking office, the new BGMEA president promised that she and her board would work with honesty and integrity to serve all the stakeholders of the country’s readymade garment sector.
‘BGMEA is a service providing organisation and any division in the trade body is not expected,’ she said.
Rubana said that the RMG sector was now struggling and small and medium factories were being shut every day.
‘I will request the media not to write biased news. There are a good number of small and medium factories in the sector which are facing trouble to pay workers. Media should also focus on their problems from humanitarian perspectives,’ she said.
Regarding Accord and Alliance, the new BGMEA president said that time had come for Bangladesh to rebound and to enforce its own monitoring in the industry.
‘We will not accept any prescription from others. If any initiative wants to stay in Bangladesh, it would have to comply with our terms and conditions,’ Rubana said.
‘We want to face the challenge of the fourth industrial revolution and to generate employment through adopting technology,’ the new chief of BGMEA said.
On April 6, Rubana Huq-led Sammilita Forum panel swept the biennial elections to BGMEA, bagging all 35 directorship posts.
The BGMEA election board on April 11 announced that Rubana Huq was elected president and seven others as vice-presidents uncontested.
The new first vice-president of BGMEA is Mohammed Abdus Salam and senior vice-president Faisal Samad. The vice-presidents are SM Mannan Kochi, MA Rahim, Arshad Jamal Dipu, Md Moshiul Azam Shajal and AM Chowdhury Selim.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Apparel