BGMEA polls

Sammilita Parishad announces election manifesto

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:21, Mar 16,2021


Sammilita Parishad, a panel contesting the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association board of directors’ elections, on Tuesday announced that if elected, the platform’s first priority would be the recovering of the country’s readymade garment sector from the COVID-19 fallout.

Two panels, Sammilita Parishad and Forum, are contesting the biennial elections of BGMEA to be held on April 4.

‘Gaining more market share in the globe and diversifying both the market and the product will be the priority if the panel is voted to the office of BGMEA,’ Sammilita Parishad panel leader Faruque Hassan said while announcing the election manifesto of the panel at a press conference held at Sonargaon Hotel in the capital, Dhaka.

He said that the Parishad would work with the government and the European Union to keep the generalised system of preference in the EU market up to 2031 even after the graduation of Bangladesh from least developed country.

Sammilita Parishad in its manifesto promised that it would form a taskforce with the government to ensure GSP Plus facility for Bangladeshi apparel in the EU market and to include regular RMG items on the duty-free product list of China.

It said that the Parishad would take initiative to hire a lobbyist in the United States to gain duty-free market access of Bangladeshi apparel to the market.

Faruque also promised that they would ensure transparency and accountability of RMG sustainability council and introduce a unified code of conduct for social compliance in the factories.

Abdus Salam Murshedy, the chief election coordinator of Sammilita Parishad, urged the BGMEA members to vote the panel for the recovery of the sector from the COVID-19 fallout.

Former BGMEA presidents Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin and Md Siddiqur Rahman also spoke at the programme.

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