Nobody has right to destroy RMG sector, businesses meet PM

“Nobody has the right to destroy the RMG sector. It is our pride,” said President of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed. FBCCI President was speaking at an emergency opinion meeting at BGMEA Bhaban in the city before meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

A 23-member delegation of FBCCI and BGMEA met the prime minister at Ganobhavan at tonight to discuss the adverse impact of the worsening political violence and the sabotage at the garment industries.

FBCCI PresidentThe business leaders also handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking an amicable solution to the current political crisis, meeting sources said.

However, the full contents of discussion were not known.

The delegation, including President of BGMEA Atiqul Islam and FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, however, requested the PM to take exemplary steps against the culprits who are burning the garment factories one after another.

After the meeting with the Prime Minister, they left the Ganobhavan at 9 pm.

The business leaders will to meet opposition leader Khaleda Zia immediately after talks with the PM.

On Sunday, top business leaders sent a message to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia urging them to work together or separately to stop violence immediately giving room for the country’s economy to flourish further.

“We cannot remain mere witnesses to the conspiracy to destroy the RMG sector”.

Earlier the business leaders have expressed deep concern over the nationwide violence, which has been giving negative message to the foreign buyers. In an emergency opinion meeting at BGMEA Bhaban at Karwan Bazar on the recent political violence and sabotage at the complex of the Standard Garment, the business leaders asked all concern to stop violence.

BGMEA President M Atiqul Islam also urged the two top leaders to stop violence. “ The RMG sector cannot be the victim of violent politics, we want security, we want to do business smoothly,” he said.

Other members and the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said, one after another sabotage incident went unpunished due to lack of proper investigation to identify the culprits. They demanded to the government to set up special tribunal to bring trial whom whose were involved in set fire standard group’s garment factory that was employed about 20 thousand workers.

Former Presidents of BGMEA Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, Abdus Salam Murshedy, acting President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Hatem Ali, President Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA) Jahangir Alam, President of Dhaka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Abdus Sabur Khan, Chairman of Standard Garments Engineer Mosharraf Hussain, among others, addressed in the function.