IGC-BIGD Seminar addresses policy issues of RMG industry in Bangladesh
The International Growth Centre (IGC) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University jointly hosted a seminar titled ‘Readymade Garments Industry: Informing Policy with Evidence Based Research’ on 17 July 2016 at Lakeshore Hotel, Dhaka. The half day seminar presented findings from two research studies on the readymade garments sector followed by in depth discussion on policy issues facing the industry.
Professor Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University; Lead Academic, IGC Bangladesh programme, and Achyuta Adhvaryu, Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan made two presentations in the seminar titled ‘Growth in Garment Sector Jobs, and Impacts on Education’ and ‘Soft Skills training for garment workers in India: A Randomized Evaluation’ respectively.
Mr. Hedayatullah Al-Mamoon, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Commerce chaired the seminar. Dr. Sultan Hafeez Rahman, Executive Director, BIGD, and Country Director, IGC Bangladesh gave the opening remarks along with Prof. Wahiduddin Mahmud, Senior Advisor, IGC Bangladesh, and advisor to the former Caretaker Government. Mr. Nick Beresford, Deputy Country Director, UNDP was the discussant on the papers presented.
The objective of this event was to disseminate the findings of the two research papers on Readymade garments industry to the relevant stakeholders in Bangladesh. The seminar was attended by officials from government, ministries, private sector including RMG buying houses, industry associations, development partners, researchers, academics, representatives from think tanks etc.