Bangladesh has called for investments from Indian entrepreneurs to give a boost to its growing readymade garment manufacturing sector. The country wants to utilise the market share vacated by China with proper investment inflow. This is where the opportunity for Indian investors lies.
With a friendly political and commercial environment, an over 4,000 km common boundary and well set immigration as well as communication facilities, Bangladesh is seen as a favorable place for Indian entrepreneurs. The similar social environment between the two countries is another positive factor. While Indian entrepreneurs can gain out of their investment in the sector in Bangladesh, more number of workers from Bangladesh can have employment.
While the global clothing products market has gone down to $444 billion in 2016 from $450 billion in 2015, Bangladesh could have increased its share in global apparel exports up to 6.4 per cent from 5.9 per cent during the period to maintain its second position in the sector. But the share of China, the undisputed first, has gone down from 39.3 per cent to 36.4 per cent while the other close competitors, Vietnam, India, Turkey and Cambodia, recorded a share of 5.5 per cent, four per cent, 3.4 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively.