BGMEA to prepare factory owners’ biometric database

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:00, Jan 19,2021


The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has taken a move to prepare a biometric database on factory owners to ensure quick and smooth digitised service for its members.

The trade body in a circular issued on Monday asked all its members to submit their biometric data, including fingerprint, signature and photograph, to the association between January 21 and February 25.

It said that the biometric data on the factory owners would be collected at five booths at the Uttara Club, the Gulshan Club, the Banani Club and the BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka and at the regional office of the trade body in Chattogram.

According to the circular, the BGMEA has taken the initiative to digitise all its services in line with the government’s vision of Digital Bangladesh.

The BGMEA said that the biometric data on the factory owners would be necessary for availing assistance from any stimulus package announced by the government, renewal of membership, transfer of ownership, visa service, online UD processing and cash incentive.

BGMEA president Rubana Huq on Tuesday told New Age that the biometric data on the factory owners would be mandatory for getting all types of services from the trade body.

Earlier, the BGMEA prepared a workers’ biometric database that included about 26 lakh workers employed in the country’s exportoriented readymade garment sector.

According to the data, more than 4,000 RMG factories are affiliated with the BGMEA across the country and about 1,900 of their units are now active.

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