BGMEA signs two MoUs for assisting poor, people with disabilities

March 31, 2010

Assistance to the poor and the people with disabilities and philanthropic activities by garment manufacturers may help the country attain duty-free access to the United States market, a function was told on Tuesday.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association hosted the signing ceremony of two memoranda of understanding to offer training and employment opportunities for the poor and people with disabilities.
The apparel sector leaders urged their members to come up initiatives for helping the deprived and helpless people — corporate social responsibility which the association president, Salam Murshedy said, might help them properly negotiate with US authorities in exporting Bangladeshi garment products without duties.
A bill titled New Partnership for Development Act, now pending with the US Congress, is set to come up for discussion in next August. If passed, the law will provide for duty-free market access to least developed counties such as Bangladesh.
‘Bangladesh can bargain to earn duty-free access to the US market showing its CSR activities,’ Centre for Policy Dialogue executive director Mustafizur Rahman said.
A high-level delegation is scheduled to visit the US next month to campaign for passage of the bill so that Bangladesh can enjoy duty-free access.
Readymade garment accounts for almost 80
per cent of the country’s foreign exchange earning and about 3.5 million people are employed in the sector.
Under one memorandum, Centre for Services and Information on Disability will impart training to the people with disabilities and the garment association will provide them with jobs.
Under another memorandum, Social Development Foundation will provide job-oriented training on machine operation to 100 extreme poor and floating people.
Appreciating the garment association’s initiatives, Dhaka University vice chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddque said the private organisations should carry out ‘CSR activities’ to ensure the rights of the people with disabilities.

Courtesy of NewAgebd

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