BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman and other members of the association arrange a press conference to inform journalists about the present situation of the garment industry at its conference room in the capital on Friday.
Production in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector is being hampered due to severe gas crisis.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman said this at a press conference at his office in the capital on Friday.
He said that gas crisis has become acute in 350 RMG factories in Gazipur, Ashulia, Savar, Kashimpur and Konabari. “Because of acute gas crisis, the RMG units are failing to achieve the production target.”
“The government earlier assured the apparel makers of resolving the crisis through supply of additional gas diverting the natural resource from a fertiliser factory,” the BGMEA leader said, adding that it would be clear by tomorrow (Saturday).
He also expressed his concern over the government announced LNG import date line by April, next year.
Siddiqur said, “We think that the LNG import might delay.
If the government wants to achieve this within the time frame then it requires further intervention”.
The BGMEA leader observed that the country’s electricity production capacity improved a lot, but the load-shedding situation remains unchanged due to problem in the distribution lines.
At present, the country generates 15,600 megawatt of electricity, while it was only 4,900MW in 2009. But the reality is that the people are facing at least 3 to 4 hours load-shedding outside Dhaka.
Among others, BGMEA first vice president Moinuddin Ahmed (Mintu), BGMEA vice presidents SM Mannan Kochi and Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu, BGMEA directors Shahidul Haque Mukul, Md Ashikur Rahman (Tuhin), Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury and Md Atiqul Karim Khan were present at the press conference.