BGMEA: Don’t blame whole industry for a few people
Ibrahim Hossain Ovi

Bangladesh’s garment industry owners’ association urged the revenue authorities to take legal actions against those who are misusing duty-free import facility of raw materials.

“Figure out who are misusing the facility and bring them to book. But don’t make any stereotyped comment about the whole sector,” BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman told a press conference yesterday.

His remarks came in response to a recent media report which said that some of garment factory owners ceased manufacturing business but continued to import raw materials.

The report said the raw materials were imported under the duty-free facility and sold in local market instead of using them in the garment manufacturing industry.

The facility allows manufacturers to import raw materials without duty for using in export-oriented industry and export them as finished products. But selling the imported raw materials in local market is not permitted.

NBR chief’s recent comment that the garment industry owners “do not bring home the earnings from export and keep them abroad” also disappointed the BGMEA president.

About the wages of workers, he said rules were being framed and the government will look into the issue.

“We are giving an annual increment of 5% to the worker as per the law,” he said.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association called the press conference to brief about the present status of the garment industry in Bangladesh.

“It hurts us if a man like NBR chairman who is an important government official makes a generalised comment on the industry,” Siddiqur Rahman said.

He said the BGMEA respects of rules and regulations and do not indulge in any irregularity. 

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