As always, the WRAP Bangladesh staff is staying busy with audits, trainings, speaking engagements and conferences as the Bangladeshi apparel and export industry continues its rapid ascension in the global market.
Last weekend, Country Manager Saifullah Khawaja attended a seminar that was part of the Chittagong Apparels, Fabric & Accessories Exposition (CAFAXPO), the sister event to the larger BATEXPO that is also hosted by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
More than 300 people—primarily owners, buyers, association members, media and students from the BGMEA Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) — attended the seminar.
Khawaja was one of the two leading speakers at the event. The first component of the seminar focused on the projected expansion of Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry with Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former government advisor speaking. The second topic of conversation was WRAP’s 12 Principles and certification process with Khawaja taking the lead.
In addition to the seminar, CAFAXPO featured an exposition of apparel, fabric and accessories suppliers, a fashion show, and a family night and cultural show.
Throughout the seminar, attendees expressed positive sentiments toward WRAP and our certification process. BIFT students requested a day-long WRAP training course, as many felt it would benefit their future careers.
In a separate discussion, Mr. Nasiruddin, the MD of Pacific Jeans, said that he chose not to wait for buyers’ requests to seek WRAP certification, he did it on his own, as he believed a WRAP certificate indicates a notable achievement standard.