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Technical know-how, leadership stressed for sustainable growth

Update : 11 Nov 2015, 07:14 PM

The global retailers and RMG entrepreneurs yesterday stressed technical know-how and leadership for sustainable growth of apparel industry.

They also recommended nurturing talent and encouraging the young generation alongside empowering people for sustained growth. 

The recommendations came at a seminar on “Building Leadership for Sustained Growth” organised by the Bangladesh Denim Expo on the occasion of its third show.

The two-day Bangladesh Denim Expo began yesterday in the capital to promote Bangladeshi brands to the global market and share knowledge with the international producers to get acquainted with the latest technologies.

“I do believe in people and their talent. A plenty of talents are here in Bangladesh that need to acquire technical knowledge,” said Roger Hubert Regional, head of Bangladesh and Pakistan for H&M/Plus Trading Far East Limited.

He called for cultivation of leadership in the best interest of business to take the industry to a new direction.

“I do not see any hindrance here. We have to come out of the trend of finding excuses and cultivate the culture of embracing challenges, Roger said, adding that I see many people here are shy to share their know-how.”

To talk about the workers’ rights and their standard, if all these are done through a sustainable process, branding Bangladesh will be automatically done, he added.

Bangladesh has huge potentials to grow, but have also challenges to overcome,  said Founder and CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo, Mostafiz Uddin.

“We have to concentrate more on developing ideas, technical know-how, designs and innovations.”

In his address, the Director of Pacific Jeans Limited, Syed Tanvir said: “Firstly, Bangladesh has to set the target as to whom we want to see in leadership role in the next 10 to 15 years.”

“We have to attract bright minds to build next generation leadership through inspiration,” he said, adding that the country’s creative leaders are leading the RMG industry.

Every one wants to build their career in the telecom industry, an idea that needs to be changed, Tanvir said.

He suggested that the youth should understand that they can also build their career in RMG sector either.

He called for the sector people to continue to host programme like Apparel Summit held last year to attract the bright minds through setting up one stop service to provide them with information.   

“Encourage the young minds, show them the path and give them opportunity to grow, all of these will help reach $50bn export target by 2021 set by the BGMEA last year through a visionary projection,” he added. 

BGMEA senior Vice-President Faruq Hassan said foundation of RMG sector is done and now the second generation is here that will lead the industry.

“Through BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT), we are preparing skilled manpower for the sector and they will take the leadership to a new height,” he added.

There are good practices in many factories across the country and world-class RMG factories are here while efforts are being made to showcase these to brand Bangladesh, said Faruq. 

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