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British envoy lauds RMG factories’ safety, green efforts
British High Commissioner in Dhaka Alison Blake on Monday highly appreciated the real investment in the workers’ safety and improving physical structure of buildings in the readymade garment industry making those efficient and as green as possible.
She also expressed satisfaction over the role of young women in the sector who are being trained saying she believes in ‘power of women’.
“I’m very encouraged by what I’ve seen. I’m very pleased to see British taxpayers money going to improve the lives of people in Bangladesh,” the British High Commissioner told reporters at the office of Echotex Limited after visiting two very different factories, including Dallas Fashions Limited.
Appreciating the facilities in the two factories, being supported by UKaid, Blake said it is very heartening to see the real investment for the development of workers through a programme, ‘Sudokkho’, and meeting people whose lives are being changed through the skill development programme.
“Everyone with me had an opportunity to see why the garment industry here in Bangladesh is such a big driver of change, socioeconomic development and driver of the economy,” she said.
Earlier Blake interacted with the young women at the Echotex Limited who are being trained under Sudokkho and encouraged them to work hard saying she believes in ‘power of women’.
The High Commissioner said education and training for women can bring benefits for society.
Managing Director of the Stitch Right Limited and Director of Echotex Ltd Mohammed Bin Quasem and other top officials of the Echotex were present.
The High Commissioner and her team visited different sections of the two factories and passed few moments with kids at the childcare unit of the Echotex Limited.
Echotex, having over 8,000 employees, is working for renowned buyers like Newlook, Primark, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Fat Face, Bershka and H&M on a regular basis and also with other buyers from time to time.
Both the Echotex and Dallas Fashions Limited made two separate presentations on their respective unit.