In a joint letter addressed to Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina, garments, textile, terry towel and garment accessories makers in Bangladesh have urged the government to keep apparel factories open during the countrywide lockdown. These industry leaders warned Bangladesh might lose $119.38 million per day only from garment export if factories remain shut for any reason. They said, the sector is expected to earn around $1.68 billion in the first 14 days of the current fiscal year. If factories are kept shut for nearly three weeks, it might lose a lot of work orders and few billions of dollars, the letter said.
The international retailers and brands have been granting new work orders to Bangladesh as the clothing retail outlets have already been opened up in Europe and the USA. The letter, therefore, urged the prime minister to shorten the lockdown period so that the production continues in the factories to offset the losses. It was signed by
Faruque Hassan, President, BGMEA; AKM Salim Osman, President, BKMEA, Mohammad Ali Khokon, President, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association; Shahadat Hossain Sohel, Chairman, Bangladesh Terry Towel and Linen Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and Abdul Kader Khan, President, Bangladesh Garment Accessories and Manufacturers and Exporters Association.