Rubana Huq takes charge as BGMEA president

Published: April 20, 2019 21:00:07 | Updated: April 22, 2019 11:58:59

Rubana Huq has taken the charge of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to lead the association for the 2019-2021 term.

Outgoing BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman handed over the charge to Rubana at a ceremony at the new office of BGMEA in city’s Uttara on Saturday, reports BSS.

Rubana, the managing director of Mohammadi Group, is the first woman elected for the position in the trade body’s history.

She led the Sammilita Forum panel in the BGMEA election on April 6 and won all 35 posts for directors.

After taking the office, Rubana vowed to work together for the development of country’s apparel sector.

“We want to build BGMEA as a platform where both big and small factories would have equal rights to develop a friendly-relationship between the owners and labourers,” she added.

Rubana, wife of late Dhaka North City Corporation mayor and former BGMEA president Annisul Huq, also said she would try to highlight the successes of the apparel industry in the international arena.

In the new board of directors, Mohammad Abdus Salam will perform as first vice president while Foysal Samad as senior vice president.

Other vice presidents are S M Mannan Kochi, M A Rahim Firoz, Arshad Jamal Dipu, Mashiul Azam Sajal and A M Chowdhury Selim.

The last election to BGMEA was held in 2013. The election is usually scheduled after every two years. However, it was not held in 2015 since both forum panels jointly decided to elect the board in consensus.

The outgoing president of the apex trade body, Siddiqur Rahman, served as head of BGMEA for three years and seven months.

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