Mohammadi Group Managing Director Rubana Huq, also wife of late Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq, is going to be the first female president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) as her panel won all 35 posts of directors in the biennial election of the trade body.
The election was held at the BGMEA offices of both Dhaka and Chittagong.
She has been declared as a valid candidate for the post as per BGMEA article 10 (3), said a press release.
In addition, seven vice-presidents have also been chosen. They are Chattogram Asian Apparels Managing Director Mohammad Abdus Salam (first vice-president), Surma Garments Managing Director Foysal Samad (senior vice-president), Seha Design Managing Director SM Mannan, DBL Group Vice Chairman MA Rahim, Tusuka Fashions Chairman Arshad Jamal, Frame Sweaters Managing Director Mohammad Moshiul Azom, and Al Amin garment’s MD SM Chowdhury.
All the 35 directors were elected from the Sammilita Forum for 2019-2021.
Two panels – the Rubana Huq-led Sammilita Forum, and Design and Source Limited Managing Director Jahangir Alam-led Swadhinata Parishad – contested the election.
“All the time people continue saying that Bangladesh is the country of cheap labour. Cheap is not good, but competition is good. We need to change this narrative of Bangladesh,” said Huq in her reaction after the election.
“If the factory owners think that they have needed the help from the BGMEA in case of price bargaining with the buyers, we will set up a separate cell in the BGMEA to assist them,” Huq said.
Huq said many small and medium factories are in trouble and they are facing even the closure of their units.
“They need immediate help. We need to stand beside them in time of their bad days. We will try to find out the way how to save their factories,” the BGMEA president-elect said.
“This is the highest time for self-monitoring. We also need transparency in this sector. We will try to brighten the image of the sector. We should not engage in unhealthy internal competition. We have a lot of good factories,” she said.