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major export earning RMG sector is set to get an international standard laboratory for testing chemicals and dyes used in RMG products destined for export, which is expected to cut cost of testing significantly.
Inditex, a Spain-based group, whose success and unique business model based on innovation and flexibility have made it one of the biggest fashion retailers in the world, is providing technical support to set up the testing lab here jointly with the BGMEA.
Earlier, BGMEA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Inditex in Spain on April 29 this year for setting up the laboratory.
First Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Inditex Group Pablo Isla Álvarez de Tejera and BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedy signed the MoU for their respective sides. Talking to UNB, BGMEA President Murshedy said: "We've already made the infrastructure for the Lab ready… process of appointing technical persons and installing machinery is on."
Replying to a question, he said they would be able to provide Lab services to all RMG manufacturing units having the BGMEA membership within next two to three months.
"The RMG units have to spend lot of money for Lab tests…the cost of such tests would decrease significantly once the laboratory comes into operation. We're here to provide services only, not to make profit," said the BGMEA president.
He informed that five per cent of the Lab's income would be spent for the welfare of the RMG workers.
The first floor of the BGMEA Bhaban has been selected for the Laboratory considering easy access to its service seekers. Labour, Employment and Expatriate Welfare Minister Engr Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Thursday formally inaugurated the under-installation laboratory.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, Employment and Expatriate Welfare Ministry M Israfil Alam, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Inditex SA Antonio Abril Abadin, Spanish Ambassador in Dhaka Arturo Manuel Perez Martinze, and BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedy were present.