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BGMEA proposes single platform after tenure of Accord and Alliance ends

Local garment makers and exporters in Bangladesh have opposed the proposal of a top global apparel retailer representing the Accord to extend the tenure of the EU-based retailers' platform by three more years. Instead, leaders of the country's apparel sector have proposed formation of a common platform with representatives from all the stakeholders to oversee the workplace safety issues after ending the tenure of Accord and Alliance in 2018. This came to light at a recent meeting with the top Executive of the global retailer, H&M.

After the Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1100 workers and injured many, the two Western platforms namely Accord and Alliance were formed so as to ensure workplace safety in Bangladesh's apparel industry especially in the wake of the tragic accident. The meeting was attended by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman and senior advisor of H&M Karl Gunnar Fagerlin, among others.

Quoting H&M officials, a meeting source disclosed that H&M has expressed that the company was in favour of extending the tenure of Accord for additional three years apprehending that the ongoing remediation might not be completed by 2018. But the BGMEA viewed that the remediation is a continuous process, he said, adding that new factories would be included in the list of Accord and Alliance. Moreover, there are some interior changes in factories for expansion and other reasons, another BGMEA leader said.