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An Open Forum Discussion among Textile Engineer-Entrepreneurs held in Dhaka

An Open Forum Discussion among Textile Engineer-Entrepreneurs held in Dhaka

An open forum among Textile Engineers-Entrepreneurs on “Present Business Challenges & Possible Solutions” was held in a Hotel in Dhaka on 03rd March 2024. Engr. Md. Mozaffar Hossain, Former MP; and Managing Director, SIM Group was the Chief Guest.  The event was presided over by Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, Managing Director of Hams Group and President of ITET. Engr. Mohammad Salim Reza, Sr. Vice President of ITET, gave the introductory speech.

Engr. Saiful Islam, Managing Director of Essential Clothing Ltd presented 5 major critical challenges the industry currently facing. These included the skills gap and trust issues among employees & employers; rising operational costs but declining selling prices; unreliable utilities & high energy costs; challenges and difficulties from Govt agencies like – Customs, VAT, Income tax, DOE, DIFE, BERC, Gonopurto, Fire Defence, etc; and challenges and difficulties from non-Govt agencies like- RSC, trade unions, banks, insurances, consultants & vendors. Through facilitated breakout sessions, attendees brainstormed potential solutions and shared valuable insights.

An Open Forum Discussion among Textile Engineer-Entrepreneurs held in Dhaka
Photo (Clockwise): Engr. Md. Mozaffar Hossain, Former MP; and Managing Director, SIM Group; Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, Managing Director of Hams Group; Engr. Mohammad Salim Reza, Sr. Vice President of ITET; Engr. Saiful Islam, Managing Director, Essential Clothing Ltd.

Prof. Dr. Shah Alimuzzaman, Vice Chancellor, BUTEX, Engr. Md. Shamsuzzaman CIP, Managing Director, Micro Fibre Group, Engr. Abdus Sobhan, Managing Director, Aukotex Group, Mahbub Milton, Executive Director, Masco Group, Prof. Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Pro-VC, BUFT, Eng. Ehsanul Karim Kaiser, Textile Consultant & Adviser, Ex-Executive Director, Esquire Group., Md. Moniruzzaman Badsha, Managing Director, Fiat Fashion Ltd., Mohammad Modasser Pasha, Director, Renaissance Group, Ziaul Hoque, Managing Director, Amazing Fashions Ltd.,  Engr. Md. Mustafa- E – Zaman Salim CIP, MD, Marma Composite Ltd. & other industry leaders shared their insights on the discussed 5 challenge issues.

Textile Engineers-Entrepreneurs play a significant role in Bangladesh’s RMG & textile industry. More than 40 textile engineers are the Owner or Managing Director in their companies. Apart from that, another 50+ textile engineers are working in various industries as CEOs, Executive Directors, or other entrepreneurial positions. Together, they are accountable for more than 3.0 billion USD in annual exports.

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