Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association

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Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
বাংলাদেশ তৈরী পোশাক প্রস্তুত ও রপ্তানিকারক সমিতি
TypeTrade association
Region served
Official language
Bengali, English
Faruque Hassan[1]

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.[2] It plays a pivotal role in the country's earning sector of foreign trades.[3][4]


BGMEA was founded in 1983.[5] BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology is owned by the trade body.[6] The trade body has a research wing.[7]

BGMEA Bhaban[edit]

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.[8] The building was built illegally on canal land.[9]

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.[10]

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh led by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha upheld the verdict of the High Court on 2 June 2016.[11]


  1. ^ "Rubana Huq elected first-ever female president of BGMEA". Dhaka Tribune. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  2. ^ Rashid, Muktadir; David, Bergman. "How Repressive Law Enforcement Crushed Minimum Wage Protests in Bangladesh's Garment Sector". The Wire. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  3. ^ "BGMEA asks factory owners not to publish photos of sacked workers". The Daily Star. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ Abrams, Rachel; Sattar, Maher (22 January 2017). "Protests in Bangladesh Shake a Global Workshop for Apparel". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ "BGMEA at a Glance". Archived from the original on 3 October 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ "BUFT holds orientation for Spring 2019". The Financial Express. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Trade bodies need more research". The Financial Express. Dhaka. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  8. ^ "BGMEA Bhaban demolition: RAJUK, public works ministry singing the same hymn". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  9. ^ "DSCC to remove illegal structures from Beribadh, recover canal". The Daily Star. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Top court orders BGMEA to demolish its 16-storey office building immediately". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  11. ^ "SC upholds BGMEA Bhaban demolition order". Prothom Alo. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.