Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in Chattogram have demanded government incentives amid losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
They made the demand during an opinion sharing meeting on the current status of the country's garment industry at the organisation's Chattogram office.
Negative growth of around 6 percent is prevailing in the sector from the beginning of the fiscal year 2019-20, they said. The condition has got worse as the value of garment products is not going up in line with the hike in production cost, they maintained.
To overcome these adversaries, they demand financial support from the government.
The apparel makers also want an interest free block account facility on their bank loan if any garment factory is shut down because of a lack of business.
To keep their factories running during the upcoming Ramadan and ensure that the employees get paid, they asked for the government's support.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel as the raw material import from China has resumed, said the speakers.
Former BGMEA president SM Fazlul Haque spoke at the event while its first vice-president Abdus Salam presided over it.
The organisation's former first vice presidents Khalilur Rahman, Mainuddin Ahmed Mintu, Nasir Uddin Chowdhury; former directors Helal Uddin Chowdhury, Mudhiuddin Ahemnd, Naeem Ahmed, Selim Rahman, Shawkat Ahmed spoke the event, among others.