Clothing and accessories makers urge PM to keep factories open during lockdown

Manufacturers of clothing, textiles, terry towels and clothing accessories sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the cabinet secretary with the demand to keep the clothing factories open during the nationwide lockdown.

Bangladesh will lose $ 119.38 million a day just to clothing exports if factories remain closed for any reason, they also said in a joint statement.

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In the first 14 days of the current fiscal year, the apparel industry is expected to earn around $ 1.68 billion, the statement said.

If the factories are kept closed for nearly three weeks, the clothing industry will lose a lot of orders and a few billion dollars, the letter also says.

International retailers and brands have arrived with a handful of working orders in Bangladesh, as clothing outlets have already been opened in Europe and the United States, they said.

They urged the prime minister to shorten the lockdown period so that production can continue in factories to make up for losses.

Faruque Hassan, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association; AKM Salim Osman, President of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association; Mohammad Ali Khokon, President of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association; Shahadat Hossain Sohel, President of Bangladesh Terry Towel and Linen Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and A bdul Kader Khan, President of Bangladesh Garment Accessories and Manufacturers and Exporters Association, signed the joint letter.

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