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If you wish to set up an operation in Bangladesh, your best contact point is the Office of the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA), which operates under the Prime Minister’s office and is the principal government agency for encouraging investment. The BIDA is available to assist you in numerous ways, including:

From spinning to weaving, from knitwear to leisurewear and high street fashions, the textiles and clothing industry is Bangladesh’s biggest export earner with value of over $ 16 bn of exports in 2009-10. Our factories design and produce for the world’s leading brands and retailers. This rapidly growing sector of the Bangladeshi economy offers a unique competitive edge that supports profitable expansion into new strategic markets


Key Statistics of RMG* Sector: Growth of RMG in Bangladesh (1988-89 to 2016-17)

Year Number of Garment Factories Employment in Million Workers Export Of RMG in Million US$ Total Export Of Bangladesh in Million US$ % of RMGs to National Export
1988-89 725 0.317 471.09 1291.56 36.47
1989-90 759 0.335 624.16 1923.70 40.96
1990-91 834 0.402 866.82 1717.55 50.47
1991-92 1163 0.582 1182.57 1993.90 59.31
1992-93 1537 0.804 1445.03 2382.89 60.64
1993-94 1839 0.827 1555.78 2533.90 61.40
1994-95 2182 1.200 2228.35 3472.56 64.17
1995-96 2353 1.290 2547.13 3882.42 65.61
1996-97 2503 1.300 3001.24 4418.28 67.93
1997-98 2726 1.500 3783.63 5161.20 73.31
1998-99 2963 1.500 4020.23 5312.86 75.67
1999-00 3200 1.600 4352.39 5752.20 75.66
2000-01 3480 1.800 4860.12 6467.30 75.15
2001-02 3618 1.800 4583.80 5986.09 76.57
2002-03 3760 2.000 4912.10 6548.44 75.01
2003-04 3957 2.000 5686.09 7602.99 74.79
2004-05 4107 2.100 6417.67 8654.52 74.15
2005-06 4220 2.200 7900.80 10526.16 75.06
2006-07 4490 2.400 9211.23 12177.86 75.64
2007-08 4783 2.800 10699.80 14110.80 75.83
2008-09 4925 3.500 12347.77 15565.19 79.33
2009-10 5063 3.600 12496.72 16204.65 77.12
2010-11 5150 3.600 17914.46 22924.38 78.15
2011-12 5400 4.000 19089.69 24287.66 78.60
2012-13 5876 4.000 21515.73 27027.36 79.61
2013-14 4222 4.000 24491.88 30186.62 81.13
2014-15 4296 4.000 25491.40 31208.94 81.68
2015-16 4328 4.000 28094.17 34257.18 82.01
2016-17 4482 4.000 28149.84 34655.92 81.23
Source: BGMEA, Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh Bank, Compile by BGMEA

Sector Highlights

  • Cost and quality of products that are produced on time, reliably and very competitively with a highly skilled labor force.
  • A unique regional location for expansion into key Eastern and other markets.
  • Favored trading status with the EU and the USA.
  • Clusters of companies providing a local supplier base with real depth in skilled labor, training and technical development facilities.

 

The phenomenal growth in the ready made garment (RMG) sector in the last decade created many new factories and employment opportunities. Having enjoyed more than 70% of total investments in the manufacturing sector during the first half of the 1990s, RMG and knitwear now account for about 4,825 factories and a workforce of 3.1 m -80% of which are women. This sector now employs over 50% of the industrial workforce and accounts for 79% of the total export earnings of the country. The growing trend in the textile and the garments sector means that Bangladesh is perfectly positioned to appeal to foreign investors.