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Bangladesh upgrades garment units

Bangladesh is modernising 208 readymade garment factories across the country into international standard green buildings. The facilities will have safer working conditions. After the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013, the country has taken multiple initiatives. The initiatives include safe building and fire safety arrangements to ensure a sound and congenial working atmosphere in the country’s garment industry.

Since 2011, 67 Bangladeshi readymade garment factories have received LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council, one of the top global green buildings rating systems. Bangladesh’s garment export earnings have been increasing day-by-day, yet to achieve 50 billion dollar target by 2021, overall productivity needs to be upgraded. The textile industry employs around four million citizens.

The industry registered $28.14 billion in export earnings in the recently concluded 2016-17 fiscal year. The readymade garment sector is the country’s largest source for export earnings. Readymade garments exported from Bangladesh represent around six per cent of the global clothing market. The country is the world’s second largest readymade garment exporter with advantages like a low labor cost, favorable business climate, and well-established transport facility. International fashion brands like Zara, H&M, Gap and Levi’s manufacture and import clothes from Bangladesh.