State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has created a social media buzz after posting photos on Facebook of a pair of Hugo Boss shoes.
The minster took the unusual step after noticing that the limited edition AMZ Mercedes Benz range footwear from the world famous designer bears the tag 'Made in Bangladesh'.
[caption id="attachment_51642" align="alignleft" width="343"] 'Made in Bangladesh' tag in the Hugo Boss shoe
Photo taken from State Minister Shahriar Alam's Facebook account[/caption]
"It is old news that Bangladesh is the second largest producer and exporter of readymade garment products, exports ships, and medicine to the US," the minister posted on Facebook on Tuesday.
"But what I saw myself today made me sleepless out of sheer joy".
The state minister said that he had now started dreaming of something big for the shoemakers’ village at Kaluhati in Boral Parh area of Charghat in Rajshahi, his parliamentary constituency.
"Do you think it is impossible?" he wrote in his post, before using a connotation from Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech:
"You cannot keep 160 million people suppressed! Bangladesh has been surprising the world and it will continue to do so".
Over the last decade, the Bangladesh leather sector has seen a 10-fold increase in exports, according to industry insiders.
Leather is the second-largest exporting sector of the country and the government has set a target of exporting $5 billion by 2020. In addition to shoes, Bangladesh exports finished leather, travel bags, wallets, belts and some other products.