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RMG: Smartest Strategies

While global demand for RMG products is expected to surge in coming years, Bangladesh's sector must continue to progress and evolve in order to take advantage of it. 

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Cost Benefit Analysis of RMG Compliance to Increasing Presence of Ready Made Garments (RMG) and New Specialized RMG Industry Zone

Benefits and costs of building an industrial zone for RMG and ensuring compliance of all factories in Bangladesh

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Ready Made Garments

Bangladesh’s manufacturing sector has grown steadily as the country has industrialized. Manufacturing now accounts for 30 percent of GDP, nearly double the share that agriculture does. That industry is largely driven by the readymade garment (RMG) sector, which represents a whopping 85 percent of all export earnings and employs 4 million people, 80 percent of whom are women.

While global demand for RMG products is expected to surge in coming years, Bangladesh’s sector must continue to progress and evolve in order to take advantage. Some of the RMG industry’s most pressing current issues include poor compliance, inadequate infrastructure, and meager power capacities, all of which hinder overall competitiveness.

Proposed Strategies

Strategy Takas of benefits per taka spent
RMG factory compliance 14
RMG Palli special zone 8
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Cost Benefit Analysis of RMG Compliance to Increasing Presence of Ready Made Garments (RMG) and New Specialized RMG Industry Zone

New research by a team of four Bangladeshi economists, led by Wasel Bin Shadat, a lecturer at the University of Manchester, examines investments that will improve Bangladesh’s vital RMG sector, ensuring the industry is well placed to compete globally.

In terms of export earnings, employment generation, poverty alleviation and empowering women, the readymade garment industry plays a vital role in Bangladesh’s economy."

- Bin Shadat et al.

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RMG: Smartest Strategies

In a series of op-eds published in The Daily Star and Prothom Alo, Bjorn Lomborg outlined the key findings of the path-breaking research produced by the Bangladesh Priorities project.

While global demand for RMG products is expected to surge in coming years, Bangladesh's sector must continue to progress and evolve in order to take advantage of it."

- Bjorn Lomborg

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The RMG sector is the backbone of Bangladesh's manufacturing sector, and with smart investments, the industry is poised to make even more future progress. Where would you choose to spend money if you were in charge and wanted to do the most good for Bangladesh?  We want you to continue the conversation about how to do the most good for every taka spent by participating in our Facebook poll. 

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