Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
বাংলাদেশ তৈরী পোশাক প্রস্তুত ও রপ্তানিকারক সমিতি
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association or BGMEA (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ তৈরি পোশাক প্রস্তুত ও রপ্তানিকারক সমিতি) is a nationwide trade organization of garments manufacturers in Bangladesh and is located in the capital city of Dhaka. It plays a pivotal role in the country's earning sector of foreign trades.
BGMEA Bhaban (BGMEA Building) is a 16-storey building that is the headquarters of BGMEA and is located in Hatirjheel, Dhaka. The foundation of the building was placed in 1998 by then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In 2006 it was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. The building was built illegally on canal land.
On 3 April 2011 Bangladesh High Court ordered the building to be demolished. The court in its verdict declared:
The BGMEA Bhaban is like a cancer in the Hatirjheel project and if the building is not taken down immediately, it will infect not just Hatirjheel but the entire Dhaka City.
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