Bangladesh’s garment industry is currently waiting to reach the brink of a new peak. Adaptation to new technologies for sustainable production has therefore become more urgent, especially as the use of new technologies in the garment industry to acquire SDGs has become inevitable. Therefore, water, electricity, chemicals, use of modern technology, protection of ecosystems, proper use of human resources are essential in the overall range. If this is confirmed, the industry will go to a different level.

The speakers said this in a dialogue in the presence of eminent persons and organizations related to the garment industry on Thursday. These issues were discussed at a shareholder dialogue held at a five-star hotel in the capital. The event titled ‘Sustainability of the Apparel Industries of Bangladesh: Policies, Scoops and Constraints’ is being jointly organized by Solidaridad Network Asia and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Estex (Environmental Sustainability in Textiles). The event was attended by 60 eminent persons, public and private and non-profit organizations including garment industry, engineering service providers, banks, multinational clothing brands and various high ranking officials of the Dutch Embassy.

The speakers said that at present, the utility of sophisticated and energy-efficient machines and technology has become very important and has increased the possibilities of cleaner production and the opportunity to achieve the sustainability of factories. These technologies are essential components of smart business and ecosystems, which can increase the likelihood of achieving sustainable goals. At the same time it can improve the working environment of the factories and at the same time adapt the workers to this rapidly changing sector. Therefore, in line with the business ecosystem, it is necessary to formulate appropriate policies focusing on compliance trade and investment issues. The main objectives of the program were to discuss in detail the policy distances of policy makers and sectoral stakeholders, highlight the limitations and the need for change, discuss new opportunities and discuss in detail the new initiatives, barriers and solutions in the garment industry.

The program has been organized in two separate sessions on two important topics. The two sessions on Environment, Ecological Footprint and Energy were held in separate dialogues and dialogues. The first session was on Effluent Management and Ecological Footprint. BGMEA President Farooq Hasan was the chief guest in this session. In this session, the speakers discussed about the effective management of effluent and how to reduce the ecological footprint and what are the limitations of the factories in achieving the standard value.

The second session focused on ‘Energy Management and Sustainable Growth of the Apparel Sector’. BUET Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Professor M. Tamim was the chief guest at the event. As a focal point of the dialogue, the session discussed policy formulation and adequate facilities for investment in the garment industry. At the beginning of the two sessions were introductory speeches, key-note presentations and guest discussions. Each episode was hosted by Mahidus Samad Khan, Project Manager, Estex and Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET.

The event concluded with a concluding address by Selim Reza Hasan, Country Manager, Solidaridad Network Asia and Mahidus Samad Khan, Program Manager, Estex.

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