The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has assured Bangladesh knitwear manufacturers of taking care of their demands along with an increase in export volume to the Gulf country. Saeed Bin Hajar Al Shehi, UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh gave the guarantee when a five-member team of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), led by its acting president A H Aslam Sunny, met him at his office.
Numerous subjects and questions regarding knitwear export to the UAE from Bangladesh were discussed at the meeting. Sunny informed the ambassador about latest developments in knitwear businesses between the two countries. UAE now imports knitwear worth $3.50 billion annually from various countries across the world.
Bangladeshi manufacturers may tap the huge opportunity in the UAE’s knitwear market as local manufacturers export goods worth $100 million only at present. Demand for diversified attires in the UAE will continue for a long time since 62 per cent of its population are young and middle-aged. Sunny pointed out that the BKMEA is looking to enlarge its market in the Middle Eastern countries. He urged Hajar to ease visa regime for readymade garment exporters.