Big change in garment sector after Rana Plaza tragedy

মঙ্গলবার, ০১ নভেম্বর ২০১৬

01 November 2016 The future of Bangladesh's garment sector is bright as the number of factories has gone up over the years and almost all of them are accredited and audited now, said a garment buying consultant from the Netherlands.

“This is a big achievement for the country,” said Dhyana van der Pols, owner of Nash International, which advises 200 European garment retailers who source $200 million worth of apparel items from Bangladesh a year.

So far, none of the other garment producing countries have been inspected by a third party agency. No other nation has voluntarily audited their factories, she said.

As a result, retailers all over the world now consider Bangladesh to be one of the compliant nations, said van der Pols, who recently visited Dhaka to attend a seminar on sustainable sourcing of garment items. The Daily Star caught up with her on the sidelines of the seminar.

Previously, the European and American buyers thought of China a one-stop shopping mall. But now, they have started viewing Bangladesh in the same light, as all their sourcing demand can be met here, she said.

“It is not true that Bangladesh produces only the low-cost T-shirts and that it is a bottom-feeder. Bangladesh produces a lot of diversified products.”

The retailers are also shifting orders to Bangladesh from China, which has lost its comparative advantage due to higher costs of production and shortage of skilled workforce.

The experienced garment buyer went on to recommend Bangladesh to work on formalwear, swimwear and outdoor clothing as well as these items have high demand in the international market.

About the transformation of the garment sector following the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013, van der Pols said: “The changes are a miracle. The industry people have done everything for changing the industry.”

Bangladesh has facilitated everything for restructuring of the garment sector, she said, adding that she herself spread the word on the sector's positive transformation.

“I went to different television shows in the Netherlands and spoke a lot on the progresses Bangladesh made after the Rana Plaza building collapse.”

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the brands and the Western consumers have also realised the progresses that Bangladesh made is a miracle, according to van der Pols.


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