CED and BKMEA Jointly Organized Regional Convening of Mapped in Bangladesh Project for the Garments Entrepreneurs at Narayanganj
On 2 July, Tuesday, 2019, a regional convening of the project ‘Mapped in Bangladesh’ was held at Empire Community Center, Paradise Castle, Chashara Narayanganj. The event was jointly organized by Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University.
Since April 2017, CED has been implementing the project ‘Mapped in Bangladesh’ (Formerly Known as Digital RMG Factory Mapping in Bangladesh or DRFM-B). Having the objective to unearth all the export-oriented RMG Factories in Bangladesh with basic factory information in an interactive digital map for the RMG industry stakeholders and thus to contribute for the transparency and accountability of the RMG sector of Bangladesh, the project is expected to be completed within 2021. C&A Foundation is the lead funding agency of the project while BGMEA (Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association) and BKMEA is the strategic partner of this project. The project has also succeeded to receive strategic support from the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) of Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The regional convening was organized for the entrepreneurs of the garments sector at Narayanganj in order to introduce them the project ‘Mapped in Bangladesh’, to show them the interactive mapping platform where the project is publishing factory information and to make them aware that the project is now collecting information from the export-oriented factories in Narayanganj. The convening was moderated by Professor Dr. Rahim B. Talukdar, Team Leader, Mapped in Bangladesh and Adviser, CED, BRACU. The special guest of the convening was Mr. Md. Homaun Kabir Khan Shilpi, Vice-President (Finance), BKMEA, and the chief guest of the convening was Mr. Monsoor Ahmed, 1st Vice President, BKMEA.
Garments entrepreneurs, factory administration and local journalists of Narayanganj attended the convening. Mr. Syed Hasibuddin Hussain, Project Manager of Mapped in Bangladesh, presented the project overview and demonstrated the map to the audience.