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Marks & Spencer to raise B'desh apparel import to $1.0 billion

Marks and Spencer (M&S) is set to enhance sourcing of apparel from Bangladesh. The brand which has doubled its sourcing from Bangladesh in the last two years is planning to raise it imports further to $1.0 billion as against the existing $800 million.

M&S Chief Executive Officer, Steve Rowe speaking says, “Bangladesh continues to progress and its facilities, skills and the development we discussed today in terms of infrastructure, there are further opportunities to grow our business here." He held a meeting with leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). The M&S delegation also included its Chairman Archie Norman, Managing Director Jill Mcdonald, Director of Sourcing Mark Lindsey and Country Manager Shwapna Bhowmick. President of the BGMEA Md Siddiqur Rahman, Vice President Mohammed Nasir, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, among others, were also present at the meeting.

Rowe said infrastructure was the challenge that needed to be addressed in Bangladesh. The BGMEA President said they have explained the government's recent measures taken to address all issues and was confident in the next couple of years the existing situation would improve. M&S country manager said currently, the company is sourcing from around 79 factories and aim to raise their import to $1.0 billion of value-added apparel items.