BGMEA decides to close all factories
Published: 10:17 PM, 26 March 2020
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) decided to close all garments factories on Thursday. BGMEA President Dr. Rubana Huq urged the owners to consider the closure of their factories as the nation is fighting to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In a message, she said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave specific guidance to fight COVID-19 and asked to take cautionary steps for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
“Following the Prime Minister, we should set an example as we are the largest industry of the country. We hope you will consider shutting down factories in due time,” she added.
Rubana Huq said all factory owners have been told to close manufacture till April 4, coordination with the government's declared general holiday to protect Coronavirus.
The BGMEA President said factories that want to make personal protective equipment (PPE) can remain open and their workers can move. She said people already donated fabrics and even more ready to make for free. Rubana said if anybody wants to keep factories open, they will have to ensure maximum safety and hygiene for their workers and take responsibility for their workers.
Bangladesh, the second-largest exporter of readymade goods after China, earns majority of its foreign currencies from this sector which employs more than four million people, mostly women.