Bangladesh opens Center of Excellence for Apparel Industries (CEBAI)

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened the Centre of Excellence for Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI) during a ceremony held on Sunday at the Summit in Dhaka Apparel Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.

The Centre of Excellence is an initiative supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Swedish government, the leading distributor of the Swedish Hennes and Mauritz fashion (H & M) and clothing Manufacturers and Exporters of Bangladesh (BGMEA ) .dropoff window

Based in Ashulia, a readymade garment (RMG) cluster area near Dhaka, the Centre of Excellence will help meet the need for skilled labor in the garment sector by offering training focused on skills in areas where demand is strongest in the industry.

By training workers to standards recognized nationally, it will also give them the skills to earn higher wages, said a press release.

“The Centre of Excellence will help create a more skilled workforce better paid. The approach is to effectively meet the needs of employers of qualified personnel while simultaneously helping workers achieve decent work,” said the director ILO country for Bangladesh Srinivas Reddy B.

“In a highly competitive global market the skills and productivity of the workforce Bangladesh RMG must be strengthened. In response to a clear demand from the Centre of Excellence industry should become self-financing and we expect see replicated these centers to meet the needs of the garment industry across Bangladesh, “said the president of the BGMEA Atiqul Islam

Meanwhile, BGMEA Vice President (Finance) Reaz Bin Mahmood added that given the potential expansion of the garment industry in the next five to ten years, CEBAI was set up to demonstrate and to implement skills development and research initiatives and was an important step towards achieving sustainable sector.

Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Johan Frisell said: “This initiative is an excellent example of how the private and public sectors can join hands to meet the industry requirements and to improve working conditions and living RMG workers .dropoff window By supporting the Centre of Excellence, Sweden wants to increase opportunities for people living in poverty, particularly women, to contribute to and benefit from inclusive economic growth. ”

“Supporting the creation of a Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Garment Industries is a long-term reflection of the commitment of H & M in Bangladesh. The Centre will help the industry meet the challenges of recruiting and retaining qualified staff while empowering the workforce and contributing to the development of the country, “sustainability Manager for H & M in Bangladesh Jenny Fagerlin said.

The Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Garment Industries is the flagship activity of the Centre of Excellence for Project Bangladesh RMG sector implemented by the ILO and funded by Sweden and H & M.

In addition to worker training Centre of Excellence, the project will also train supervisors and managers on safety and health (OSH), the inclusion of disability rights and responsibilities of workers.

The level of skills of existing workers in the garment sector will be assessed prior learning means (RPL) and certified as a basis for better wages.

In addition, the project will provide training and certification for instructors, trainers and assessors and industry information sessions for managers and business leaders.

In line with trends in employment RMG sector, most beneficiaries will be women and there is a target of 5 percent to include people with disabilities, the statement added.

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