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Pankaj lauds RMG growth Denim expo begins in city

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Appreciating Bangladesh’s growth in the readymade garment (RMG) sector, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran on Wednesday said Bangladesh has emerged as a very ‘serious player’ in the global market for its expertise and quality.
“Bangladesh, today, is a very serious player and can’t be ignored,” he told reporters after inaugurating the sec-ond Denimsandjeans Expo at Radisson Hotel in the city.
Saran said this exhibition is a shinning example of Bangladesh’s emergence as global RMG manufacturer and exporter.
He said the future of Bangladesh’s RMG industry and textile industry as a whole is really very bright.
“The fact is that in Dhaka you’ve been able to attract suppliers from all over the world whether it is from In-dia, Pakistan, China and Hong Kong. Everyone is coming to Dhaka to display their goods.”
The Indian envoy appreciated Bangladesh’s progress in meeting the highest standards of its products for the global consumers. “This is a sign of Bangladesh’s maturity of industrial processes and competence apart from expertise of workers and manufacturers,” he said. President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Export-ers Association (BGMEA) M Atiqul Islam also spoke at the function.
He urged the media to send a message to everywhere that Bangladesh is the best brand in the global RMG mar-ket, adding: “I must say no need to go East or West.”
Expressing satisfaction over the positive response from the participants, Atiqul Islam said Bangladesh has proven that all the factories are not bad.
Referring to Rana Plaza disaster, he said this is a unique example of how a country can remerge as a vibrant sector after experiencing a disaster that tarnished Bangladesh’s image badly in the global market.
Earlier, Pankaj Saran inaugurated the exhibition and visited each of the stall and interact with the participants.
The expo is focusing on industry growth and attracting buyers toward Bangladesh for quality jeans and related apparel. The first show was held in March.
“Bangladesh is the second largest denim apparel manufacturing country in the world after China. Such an event was a must for Bangladesh as the country got introduced worldwide as Denim and jeans producing country,” said Sandeep Agarwal, the founder of the Bangladesh show.
He said the event is an extension of the last event and it has brought all who are involved in the area under the same roof.
Bangladesh exported about 74 million pieces of denim apparel to the US market in 2013 and around 140 mil-lion pieces of jeans to Europe, according to
The country was also the largest exporter of men's jeans to Europe in 2013 with 89 million pieces compared to 65 million from China.
Denim apparel exports from Bangladesh surged 11.48 percent to America in 2013 over 2012 and to EU by over 19.65 percent in the same period.
Twenty-four companies from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, China and Brazil are taking part in the two-day show.