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BGMEA board’s tenure extended again

Bangladesh government has extended by one year the tenure of current Board of Directors of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).BGMEA Vice-President Mohammed Nasir confirmed the extension. As per the schedule, BGMEA election board on December 18 last year, the biennial election for the posts of its 35 directors was supposed to be held on March 7.The two panels of apparel makers – Sommilito Parishad and Forum – had reached a consensus to hold election for the new leadership.

Post a meeting with stakeholders and former BGMEA presidents last week, the government decided to extend the board’s term by a year considering the present condition of the apparel industry and challenges they faced, including completion of safety inspection and other issues, Nasir said.A Commerce Ministry official said BGMEA wrote to the government  requesting an extension and changes in the memorandum of the association in line with the latest amendment of Trade Organisations Rules.The board had been given a six month extension, however, that expired on September 21 last year.