Desk Report: The United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocate and the Queen of the Belgians Mathilde Marie Christine Ghislaine d’Udekemd’Acoz visited Fakir Apparels Ltd, said to be Bangladesh’s biggest export-oriented textile composite knit manufacturing company, at Fatullah in Narayanganj.
As a part of her 3-day visit in Bangladesh, she went to witness the progress made by Fakir Apparels Ltd as an exceptional garment manufacturing company throughout the globe operating in Bangladesh, said in a press release.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, ILO Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen and Executive President of BKMEA Mohammad Hatem were also present during the Queen’s visit.
There was a brief presentation where we shared some impactful stories that have resulted from the social and environmental practices deployed at Fakir Apparels, in line with 4 SDG goals including gender equality and quality education. We highlighted the fact that this is the story not only for Fakir Apparels but many other factories in Bangladesh and we asked Her Majesty to share our story that still largely remains uncovered in the western hemisphere said, Fakir Rafsanuzaman Director, Fakir Apparels Ltd.
Later Her Majesty visited the production floor and daycare where she interacted with our employees, particularly women and children. She commended Fakir Apparels and the industry for our efforts in pursuit of true sustainability in Bangladesh.
The BGMEA President requested the Belgian Queen to share the positive stories of Bangladesh’s apparel industry on global platforms and with the international community.
On behalf of Fakir Apparels Ltd, Fakir Maniruzzaman, managing director; Fakir Nafizuzzaman, deputy managing director; Monjarin Zaman, director and Fakir Rafsanuzzaman, director; Faruque Hassan, president, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Mohammad Hatem, executive president, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bakhtiar Uddin Ahmed, chief operating officer of Fakir Apparels accompanied the queen during her visit to Fakir Apparels.