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International Conference on Sustainable RMG due in March 2018

BGMEA President speaks at the meeting in presence of of stakeholders.

The preconference meeting on the proposed International Conference on Sustainable RMG and Textile Supply Chain was held on October 12, 2017 at the Conference Room of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) chaired by Md. Siddiqur Rahman, President, BGMEA and Asif Ibrahim, former Chairman and Advisor, BUILD. Ferdaus Ara Begum, CEO of BUILD welcomed and thanked the Chairs for their presence. Md Tamid Zami, TSP Coordinator, BUILD made a brief presentation on the proposed conference.

Md. Siddiqur Rahman, President, BGMEA mentioned that the conference should feature the successes of the RMG and Textile Industry in the last few years. He mentioned that the conference should focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and how the RMG and Textile Industries could closely work together with the government in achieving the SDGs. He suggested that the title of the conference should highlight its purpose, emphasize SDGs, and represent the sector as a whole. He suggested that the Hon’ble Prime Minister would be the chief guest of the conference. BGMEA and BUILD would be the co-organizers and brands would be associated partners. BGMEA would be responsible for arranging the budget with support from international brands.


Asif Ibrahim, Adviser, BUILD suggested that the conference would be organized by a professional event organizing firm. The conference would brand the Bangladeshi RMG & Textile industries, their achievements and success. Organizations like Water Resource Group could join and highlight the achievements in resource use efficiency.


BUILD CEO added that the conference needs to deeply analyze the Bangladesh textile industry in order to help stakeholders better understand the textile market and avoid the risks and find opportunities. It would be a great platform for international buyers to learn the latest sourcing strategies and trends in Bangladesh textile industry,and for suppliers it is a way to find the solution to the problems they met in investing factories. Meanwhile, it will be also an opportunity for exchanges, communication and mutual assistance, she mentioned. 

Kiran Gokathoti, Sustainability Manager, H&M stressed that the conference would be an action-oriented one. The agenda of the conference and the discussion points should be specified through working group meetings. He stressed on identifying the key actions that could promote efficiency, better technology, innovation, and so forth in the sector.

Joint letters would be issued by BGMEA and BUILD to international brands present or interested in Bangladesh inviting them to join the conference as associate partners. The brands will be invited as per the list available to BGMEA and/or Bangladesh Apparel Exchange Ltd.


Thematic working groups on water, energy, and compliance costs would be formed to identify the agenda for conference discussion. The meetings of the working committees would be held in BGMEA. Representatives from BGMEA, BUILD, H&M, Bangladesh Apparel Exchange Ltd., DoE and MoWR, will attend the meetings of the working committees.

October 8, 2015

Day 2 of First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue of Private Sector at FBCCI

MrKamal, Hon'ble Planning Minister called upon the industrial and developing countries to come forward in checking carbon emission that has affected developing countries like Bangladesh in a dialogue. BUILD, UNDP BangladeshUnitedNations ESCAP and FBCCI held Day 2 of "First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue of Private Sector" at FBCCI on October 9, 2015.

“We(human beings) are the guardians of the planet. It is our responsibility to save the human civilization from environmental disaster and climate change,” the minister said.

Mr. Nick Beresford, deputy country director (DCD) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said the private sector is the engine of growth. He said proper disaster risk management could unlock investment opportunities.

Speakers overly laid emphasis on collective efforts by public and private sectors to cope with disaster risks for increasing Bangladesh’s economic growth.They also under scored the need for cooperation of the United Nations (UN) bodies to facethe growing challenges due to climate change and carbon emission by thedeveloped countries.

October 7, 2015

Day 1 of First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue of Private Sector at Sonargaon Hotel

BUILD jointly with the UnitedNations Development  Programme - UNDP,UnitedNations ESCAP and FBCCI organized the “First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue of Private Sector”.The Dialogue is a follow-up of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that was held in Japan in March 2015. The opening ceremony of the two-day long Dialogue took place at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka chaired by Honourable Commerce Minister Mr Tofail Ahmed MP . BUILD Chairman, Mr. Asif Ibrahim, who also chairs the Asia UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Sustainable Business Network on DRR noted that Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are known for their innovation, which is our biggest asset to build a resilient nation. “However, it requires regulatory simplification and appropriate incentives and capacity building both for larger corporate and specially SMEs” he added.

Welcoming the participants, Ms Pauline Tamesis,Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh said that resilient businesses are not only essential for competing in the global market, but also secures livelihoods and buying power of the Bangladeshi people, which in turn has market benefits. Moreread

Round Table Discussion on PPP in Bangladesh

May 31, 2014

PPP Office, BUILD, DCCI and IPFF Cell Bangladesh Bank jointly organized a round table discussion on PPP in Bangladesh. Mr. Md Abul Kalam Azad, Senior Secretary, Prime Ministe's Office joined the session as the chief guest and explained the concept of PPP in Bangladesh for the attending participants. As the special guest of the session Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Chairman, BUILD was present. In his speech Mr. Ibrahim espressed to extend BUILD's complete assistance for the PPP Office when it comes to issues related with policy reform and simplification. Mr. Syed Afsor H. Uddin, CEO of the PPP Office was the key note speaker of the session and gave a presentation on "Overview of the PPP Programme & Forthcoming Projects". The session also had an active open discussion where participants shared thier views and thoughts on PPP in Bangladesh.   

CCCI and BUILD joint meeting on regulatory constraints for Fish and Fisheries sector

May 10, 2014

A joint discussion meeting at the World Trade Centre of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI) was held on May 10, 2014 to share experiences of activities of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD), along with a summary presentation of an on-going study of BUILD on Business Licensing Guide Book for Fish and Fisheries sector. Mr.Syed Jamal Ahmed, Vice President, CCCI welcomed the delegation of BUILD and IFC, he elaborated that the cooperation between BUILD and CCCI have been further consolidated through this joint meeting. CEO,BUILD, Ms. Ferdaus Ara Begum, presented a PPT on BUILD highlighting some of the  powerful reforms done by BUILD. Salient features of the Business Licensing Guide book on Fish and Fisheries, details of 40 Licenses, Permits required for business in this sector, different segmentsof business in this sector were also highlighted by the CEO of BUILD. Mr.Md. Amin Ullah, President, Bangladesh Frozen Food Exporters Association (BFFEA)gave a brief picture of the sector, emphasized on the issue of acute shortage of raw materials for the on-going processing plants, non-recognition of the sectoras an agricultural products, availability of specific funds for modernizationof processing and shrimp culture for intensive farming as some of the main problems. The session was attended by a large number of Fish and Fisheries sector business representatives, academicians and government officials.  

Board of Investment(BOI) and BUILD signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

March 19, 2014

Board of Investment (BOI) and Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on March19, 2014 at the BOI office to jointly organize dialogues, seminars, investment expositions, symposia and business conferences with focus on knowledge exchange.  They will also work togetheron regulatory research to identify barriers of private sector growth and will provide recommendations to improve processes that can promote efficiency and transparency in service delivery.

 “Through this new co-operation agreement between BOI and BUILD, we expect to see positive reflections ininvestment flow, both foreign and domestic, said Nabash Chandra Mandal,Executive Member-2, BOI.” Mr. Mandal further stated that “This unique cooperation will strengthen BOI in terms of fact based research outputs”. In addition, Ahmad Nasiruddin Mahmood, Executive Member-3, stressed the importance of undertaking focused work on the 12 thrustsectors, identified by BUILD from the Industrial Policy 2010, including collaboration with the private sector.

Seminar on "Role of Accreditation in Export Promotion"

February 16, 2014

An awareness building seminar on "Role of Accreditation in Export Promotion" was  jointly organized by Ministry of Industries (MoI), Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB), BUILD and DCCI. Mr. Amir Hossain Amu, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Industries (MoI) joined the seminar as the chief guest while Additional Secretary of Ministry of Industries Md. Farhad Uddin was present as special guest. DCCI President Mohammad Shahjahan Khan chaired the seminar. Member of BAB Engineer M. Liaquat Ali presented the keynote paper. He highlighted on product diversification as well as market diversification. As the discussant of the seminar the Chairman of BUILD Mr. Asif Ibrahim opined that through private sector lab outsourcing BSTI can reduce their work load. He also urged upon to ensure modernization and quality of private sector lab of our country. He further said that coordination between BSTI and private sector lab is more important to promote our export. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, MP called upon the businessmen to do their businesses in an ethical manner.

Signing Ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BangladeshBank & BUILD

February 4, 2014

BUILD and Bangladesh Bank (BB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the 3rd meeting of Financial Sector Development Working Committee (FSDWC) Meeting of BUILD held on February 04, 2014. On behalf of Bangladesh Bank, the MOU wassigned by Mr. Md. Abul Quasem, Deputy Governor–1. From BUILD’s part, Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Chairman of Board of Trustees and Mr. Anis A. Khan, Vice President, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) and Member of Board of Trustees of BUILD signed the document. 

Stakeholder Awareness Consultation on PaCT

January 29, 2014

The Bangladesh Water PaCT: Partnership for Cleaner Textile is atransformational program with the aims to support the RMG and Textile factories of Bangladesh inspecific geographic clusters to reduce their water footprint through: (a)cleaner production practices, (b) improved water resource management awarenessand systems, and (c) investments in technologies that significantly reducewater consumption and effluent. Awareness Workshop on “An efficient, clean andsustainable Textile Industry for Bangladesh” held on January 29, 2014 jointly by BUILD and IFC. An awareness Workshop on “An efficient, clean andsustainable Textile Industry for Bangladesh” was organized on January 29, 2014 at IFCjointly by BUILD and IFC. The objective of the session was to:

To generateawareness and make recommendations for the promotion of a cleaner textileindustry of Bangladesh

  • To identify and talk about innovative financing scheme that might be helpful in adopting there commendations made by the PaCT team
  • To work withthe cluster players and to engage them in working for a cleaner cluster
  • To promote the cleaner concept and to attract more buyers
  • To establish Knowledge center/hub as a technical support for the textile business community
  • To collect recommendations from the stakeholders and try to implement them  to make PaCT more effective 
  • To include/ create technology support

Signing Ceremony of BUILD's Deed of Trust

November 3, 2013

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry(MCCI) and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) jointly formed the BUILD Trust at a signing ceremony on November 3, 2013 at the, Ball Room,  Westin Hotel. Representatives and dignitariesfrom partner organizations, including past presidents of DCCI and MCCI,directors of the three Chambers, Chairman and CEO, BUILD were present on the occasion.

Through the signingof the Trust Deed by the Presidents of the three esteemed business chambers of Bangladesh, BUILD is now an independent institution, further invigorated to continue its efforts as a research backed Public Private Dialogue (PPD) platform. In years to come, BUILD will identify the most important regulatory issues constraining the private sector’s growth in Bangladesh, and work withthe private sector and the government in carrying out necessary reforms tounlock the private sector’s true growth potential. BUILD represents a unique platform which brings regulators and users of regulationon the same table to discuss bottlenecks to private sector growth.

Annual Dinner for Development Partners
June 23, 2013

BUILD hosted its Annual Dinner for Development Partners at the Westin Dhaka to share its progress with the diplomatic community and development organizations. Views were shared by Dan Mozena, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Norlin binti Othman, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh, Gerben Sjoerd de Jong, Ambassador, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of Japan, among many others.

Also speaking on the occasion were Asif Ibrahim, Chairman, BUILD, Rokia Afzal Rahman, President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) and Md. Sabur Khan, President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI). The event was attended by representatives from International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank, EU, FAO, Asia Foundation, GIZ, DFID, JETRO, JICA, NORAD, UNIDO, UKaid, UNDP etc. Guests learned about BUILD’s latest activities and exchanged ideas about getting the most out of its future endeavors.

Launching Ceremony of 'Business Start-up Licenses: A Regulatory Guide' at BUILD's Annual Dinner for Government Partners
March 31, 2013

Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) recently launched its publication titled 'Business Start-up Licenses: A Regulatory Guide (2nd Edition)' at an event at the Marble Room of the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel. Mr. Shaikh Wahid-uz-Zaman, Principal Secretary, PMO, Government of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest. Mr. Md. Sabur Khan, President of DCCI delivered the welcome address on behalf of BUILD, while Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Chairman, Board of Governors, BUILD, presented his concluding remarks.

lso present were Mr. Syed Monjurul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Mr. Manzur Hossain, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, and Mr. Shaikh Altaf Ali, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, along with other high level government officials. MCCI Directors and Secretary General, representatives of SME Foundation, DCCI past Presidents and Directors, and leading business representatives were also in attendance. Ms. Ferdaus Ara Begum, CEO of BUILD, spoke about the role of public-private dialogue in Bangladesh and BUILD's activities in this regard.