BGMEA hopes, Canada to continue favourable trade access to Bangladesh

Published : 29 Sep 2023 08:57 PM

Recognizing Canada as a pivotal trade and development partner, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan expressed hope that Canada will continue to extend favorable trade access to Bangladesh.

The President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) also underscored the potential for both countries to further bolster trade and investment through collaborative efforts.

He was addressing a meeting with  Rakesk Patry, Director General of International and Intergovernmental Labour  Affairs, along with Pierre Bouchard, Director of Bilateral and Regional  Labour Affairs, the Government of Canada.

The meeting took place at the High Commission of Canada in Dhaka today and saw the participation of key representatives from both sides.

The meeting was attended by Lilly Nicholls, High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh, Debra Boyce, Senior Trade Commissioner, Joe Goodings, Head of Cooperation, Siobhan Kerr, Second Secretary, Political, and Kamal Uddin, Senior Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada in Bangladesh, said a press release.

Miran Ali, vice president of BGMEA, ANM Saifuddin, chair of BGMEA standing committee on Labour and ILO Affairs, and Shams Mahmud, Chair of BGMEA Standing Committee on Foreign Mission Cell, were also present at the meeting.

A wide array of issues was discussed, ranging from mutual interests to the prospects of fostering stronger trade relations between Bangladesh and Canada.

Both sides discussed the implications of Bangladesh's LDC graduation on its trade and the economy, as well as the readiness to maintain growth in the post-LDC era.

In the meeting, President Faruque provided an insightful overview of Bangladesh's readymade garment industry, emphasizing the remarkable strides made in workplace safety, workers’ rights and environmental sustainability.

He also spotlighted the ongoing efforts to ensure workers' rights and well-being, particularly the government's labour reform initiatives and the minimum wage review.