by gutter newspaper News of the World. I am no supporter of gangmasters or labour exploitation but this action is disgusting. Read the story HERE.
Professor Chowdhury reminds us of a key aspect of the garment industry: outside forces.
The garment industry is the only area where Bangladesh could claim considerable success. Today garment export is the main source of foreign exchange earnings for the country after remittances. Its success was not necessarily influenced by government policy but essentially by outside forces. This industry had its origin in the 1970s when the investors of other South East Asian nations ventured to set up garment factories in Bangladesh to work around the export quotas imposed on their native countries by the United States. Later, Bangladeshi entrepreneurs rushed to establish their own companies, some with little or no experience. After a period of adjustments, the industry began to stabilize and started to grow, and has eventually earned the world’s respect.
Thus, the stabilization and growth of the garment industry in Bangladesh was achieved largely with the help and intervention of foreign investors who supplied expert technical support for its quality control and had an effective marketing plan. Additionally, the country enjoyed a favorable quota system from the United States for quite a while. But this situation is now changing as other least developing countries gain trade advantage for their manufactured garments from the United States.
..Remittances to South and East Asia are still inching up. The pace of growth, however, has slowed down. World Bank cited Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Nepal as some of those that have recently been registering lower growth rates. The Philippines have been posting less than 5% monthly growth rates in the past months, a far cry from the double-digit increases in the previous years…
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If so, we are looking for you!
We are interested in people with local knowledge andÂ extensive contacts within the community. Two researchers will be travelling to these places over the next 12 months, and they will need your help in carrying out their assignments. Yes your role could be substantial in terms of planning and visits etc or you could help by simply sending emails and making some calls.
Money? None of course! But you will get paid for all expenses incurred and get full credit on the web, and the publications and exhibitionsÂ arising out of the work
Fame? Yes of course. You will be working with a renowned cultural activist and a completely unknown Bangladeshi brit. (ie me).
If the above is remotely interesting to you, please tell us a little about yourself in the contact page - where you live, what you do, your age etc and the kinds of linkages you have with the community (formal, informal, academic, business, observer.. whatever). If we like what we hear, we will drop you a line with more extensive information about what we are doing and what we are looking for.Â (Our activities are dependent on permissions still being sought and hence I cannot be more specific at this stage..) If you still remain interested, we will probably have a quick chat with you before taking you on board! If you happen to live outside of the areas mentioned above we would still be interested to hear from you BUT ONLY if you are a real live wire and are connected to the community!
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