Accord, Alliance will not be extended: Commerce Minister

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today said the government will not extend the staying period of Accord and Alliance after their tenures are expired.

Staying period of Accord, a platform of mainly European retailers, ends today (May 31) while Tofael_ahmed_tenure of Alliance, another platform of North American brands, will come to an end in July 2018, reports BSS.

“We’ll not extend their staying period in Bangladesh. After the end of their tenures, they will get six months to wrap up their operations,” said Tofail speaking at a meeting with owners of garment factories at his secretariat office here today.

During the meeting, Tofail said the salary, bonus and allowance of RMG workers will be cleared in time as all necessary measures have already been taken in this regard. The workers will be given salary first and then Eid bonus, he added.

Steps will be taken so that RMG workers can go to their village homes to celebrate Eid with their family members.

Additional secretary of the commerce ministry Munshi Safiur Haque, FBCCI president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman and BTMA director BM Soheb, among others, were present at the meeting.