Institute of Compliance Professionals (ICP) organized “1st National Compliance Carnival 2018” today, 20th of April 2018, at Hall-4, International Convention City, Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Around 1,300 registered participants, especially compliance professionals from RMG sector along with different manufacturing and commercial organization, representative from BGMEA, BKMEA, business owners, Buying houses, Governmental organizations, NGOs, Banks and other trade bodies joined in the mega event.
Honorable Minister of Information of theGovernment of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Mr. Hasanul Haq InuMP attended the program as the chief guest while Mr. Michael Schultheiss, Deputy Head of Mission and Head of the Economics Section, German Embassy Dhaka, Dr. Annie Vestjens, First Secretary SRHR and Gender, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Mohammad Hatem, 1st Vice President Export Association of Bangladesh and Mr. Atiqul Islam Former President of BGMEA also flourished the program attending as the special guests. Ms. Shaila Ashraf, Convener of 1st Compliance Carnival, presided over the event.
The event started marching with the National Anthem followed by the Short Presentation on Institute of Compliance Professional (ICP) and Welcome address by the President Ms. Shaila Ashraf, Institute of Compliance Carnival and Convener of the program.
As the chief guest, Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu said, the industry has to be more responsible to be sustainable and now the time to take the responsibility of all stakeholder. The country has achieved the status of developing country with leadership of Honorable Prime Minister of Sheik Hasina the daughter of the Father of Nation Sheik Mujibur Rahman.
As part of the program, there were three panel discussions. ‘Transformation of the Garments Industry towards the Target of 50 Billion by 2021 and role of Compliance’ was the first one of those in which ATM Mahbubul Alam Milton, ED- Masco Group was the key note speaker, moderated by Dr. AyubNabi, Pro VC BUFT while Mr. Tapan Kumar Ghosh, Additional Secretary (Export), Mr. Md. Arfan Ali, MD Bank Asia, Mr. Mamun Zaman, Country Manager- Elevate and Mr. Manjur MorshedSr. Advisor, GIZ were present among the panel discussants. All of them emphasized on the participation of the government with the RMG factories and in this sense compliance can be a strong weapon to achieve that 50 billion mark by 2021.
Compliance can also be shifted to business entities and practices with the engagement of women in different positions. ‘Shifting Compliance into Responsible Business Practices- A new business model for sustainability and women empowerment’ was the tagline based on which the second panel discussion underwent. Ms. FarhtheebaRahat Khan, Team Leader- Working with Women Project, SNV Netherlands Development Organization was the keynote speaker.ZahidaFizzaKabir, Executive Director, Sajida Foundation, Ms.ShwapnaBhowmick, Country Head- Marks & Spencer, Bangladesh and Myanmar, Thomas Radal, Regional Social and Environmental Manager- Carrefour which was moderated by Ms. Rubana Huq, MD, Mohammadi Group.
Final panel discussion on ‘Environmental compliance- Expectation and Reality’ was an important phase of the series. In it, Mohammad Monower Hossain, Senior Deputy Secretary, Environment Cell, BGMEA spoke as the key speaker. Dr. Nurul Qadir, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Emdadul Hague, Executive Member, BEZA, Mr. Mohim Hassan, Managing Director & CEO of Northern Tosrifa Group, Dr. Mohammad Kamruzzaman, Regional Chief, South East Asia, Hohenstein Institute Bangladesh, Ian Spaulding, CEO-Elevate were the discussants of this important segment. Ms. Sarwat Ahmed, Sr. Advisor, PSES moderated the session.
The discussants focused on the environmental aspects both negative and positives. ‘We have already the leading and qualified green factories in the world but still a lot to be done, more to be implemented in terms of greater sustainability. In the context of Bangladesh we should be more aware to get rid of the clutches of environmental pollution not only polluted by the RMG factories but also by many more’ said the discussants.
In his ending speech Mr. Abdul Alim the member secretary of the organizing committee of carnival has expressed his thankfulness to the participants, sponsors and guests.
At the end, a cultural program was also organized as a part of the program.