Opinion

July 19, 2021
July 19, 2021

Our apparel sector needs more female leaders

In Bangladesh, we are missing a trick by failing to capitalise on a resource which could super-charge our RMG industry into a bold new era. What resource? Female leaders and executives. Look at the...

July 12, 2021
July 12, 2021

Collaboration is essential to solve the apparel industry’s challenges

The RMG industry’s challenges are too big to solve at the individual level.

July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021

We need to lead, not follow, in the digital age

We make clothing in Bangladesh, and we do it exceedingly well. But how good are we at marketing and selling this clothing?

June 28, 2021
June 28, 2021

It’s time to talk about cotton

Cotton is the lifeblood of the Bangladesh RMG industry, with our country among the world’s four largest users of this miracle fibre. The other three are China, India and Pakistan, the latter two of...

June 21, 2021
June 21, 2021

Apparel industry needs a clearer strategy for donor funding

Inter-national donors have played a key role in the development of the Bangladesh economy in recent years. Many global donors have huge purse strings and are often able to fund projects that...

June 14, 2021
June 14, 2021

Our industry is digitising rapidly, are we ready?

We all knew the global pandemic would change the business world in some way but, until recently, it has been difficult to pinpoint precisely how. For many of us, the past 16 months have been a...

June 7, 2021
June 7, 2021

We need new ways to measure business success

What makes a successful year for a business? The traditional way we define business success is through financials. With public companies, each quarter we receive an update, as well as an annual...

May 31, 2021
May 31, 2021

Let’s all pull together on apparel industry safety

Bangladesh apparel industry stands at a critical juncture. The industry has achieved significant improvements in safety and is making steady strides in sustainability.

May 24, 2021
May 24, 2021

Bangladesh needs a more comprehensive trade strategy

In my last article in The Daily Star, I wrote that Bangladesh needs to urgently act to retain the GSP+ facility post-LDC status.

May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021

Bangladesh needs a clear strategy for GSP+

This February, Bangladesh received the endorsement of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP) regarding its final timeline for exiting the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group...