Friday, February 29, 2008

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA)

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) was formed in 1996 by the all out efforts of few knitwear manufacturers. Soon after the formation it undertook activities to look after the interest of the knitwear sector of the country. Today it an association of 1322 knitwear manufacturers and exporters that represent the largest export earning sector of the country. BKMEA has grown enormous network in home and abroad. The members are the strength and primary network support of BKMEA. Besides BKMEA works closely with International agencies and maintains close relationships with Diplomatic Offices in Dhaka. It also works with similar organizations in Europe and USA on common interest like Global Alliance for Fair Textile Trade (GAFTT) and American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC). To boost up trade and to enhance cooperation between Bangladesh and China, BKMEA and Yunnan Light & Textile Industry Association signed a MoU on 10th June, 2005. BKMEA is putting tireless efforts to enhance productivity of its members, enhance social compliance status and workers welfare, diversify export market, and better market access of the country's knitwear products to EU, USA, China, and other countries. BKMEA is working with German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and other related organizations in this regard. BKMEA has signed MoU with SEDF on December 21, 2004 and with GTZ on March 16, 2005. BKMEA is run by a 27-member Board of Directors led by the President. The Board of Directors is elected for a 2-year period. To run the association efficiently there is 21 different committees.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is the officially recognised apex apparel export trade body of 4,490 apparel manufacturing units.The RMG sector earned over US$ 9 billion in 2006. The BGMEA helps to drive commerce by increasing sales of Bangladeshi-produced garments and pursues excellence in the Bangladeshi readymade garments (RMG) sector through its activities and programmes, including establishing and nurturing relationships with foreign buyers, businesses and trade associations, organisations, chambers, and research organisations.The BGMEA also acts as a pressure group to protect the interests of the RMG sector and acts as a facilitator of trade negotiations with global trade bodies such as the WTO, ILO, and UNCTAD.