Apparel and textiles manufacturers of six Asian countries, including Bangladesh, have come together for an initiative to push for better global buyers’ purchasing practices. The nine member associations from six countries have: China National Textile And Apparel Council (CNTAC), Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA), Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA), Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA), Towel Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (TMA), Vietnam Textile and Garment Association (VITAS), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC).
The textiles and garment industry is characterised by power imbalance between the brands and buyers on the one end and the textile and garment producers on the other and this had increased amid the pandemic. They wanted to come together as associations and manufacturers in Asia, to agree on common positions regarding payment and delivery terms so that they have a stronger voice in individual and in collective discussions with brands and buyers on improving purchasing practices.
The platform hops the common position would be powerful as the countries represent over 60 per cent of all global apparel exports by manufacturers. Until March 2021, the platform would work in five working groups — defining the ‘red lines’, requests and recommendations on topics such as payment and delivery practices, planning and information exchange and third-party negotiations. Based on the output of the working groups, the second phase of the initiative would drive the roll-out in the industry.