6 responses to “Garment industry leads the way”

  1. Charles Arthur

    Interesting article from the BBC about how exports of jute and jute products from Bangladesh have reached record levels as demand for the natural fibre is steadily increasing.

    With growing environmental awareness, jute, which is bio-degradable, has become the preferred alternative to polluting synthetic bags.

    Bangladesh’s ‘golden fibre’ comes back from the brink

  2. Charles Arthur

    Bangladesh aims for big growth in solar energy by 2015

    Rural areas of Bangladesh are to see an increase in solar electricity generation as part of an ambitious plan to boost the provision of power from renewable sources.

  3. Charles Arthur

    And yet another interesting piece:
    Mobile phone technology for development in Bangladesh

  4. Charles Arthur

    Panos photographer, Patrick Brown, visited Bangladesh earlier this year and identified three issues which are symptomatic of the current challenges the country is facing.
    Bengal’s Burden

  5. Ahmed Toslim

    A very good job….

  6. farooq javed

    So, Bangladesh’s minister of industries says his government is “worker-friendly”! Is this the same Bangladesh denounced by the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC)? In its report on Bangladesh in 2010, the ITUC writes, “Garment workers began protests in April to demand a minimum wage of BDT 5,000 a month (€ 46). These protests continued throughout the year, and many were met with violent repression: six workers were killed and many injured. Trade union leaders were arrested, tens of thousands of garment workers charged in connection with the protests, and the government closed hundreds of NGOs.”

    The report continues, “One union leader estimated that 5,000 garment workers had been fired because of their alleged involvement in protests. Although publicly sympathetic with the plight of the garment workers, PM Sheikh Hasina was convinced that an “evil force” was behind a conspiracy to foment unrest in the industry. To address the unrest a special police force for the garment industry was created.”