Thrust on bolstering TSP services to encourage cleaner production

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 22:10:54
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Thrust on bolstering TSP services to encourage cleaner production

Speakers at a city discussion underscored the need for strengthening the services of Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP) to help grow textile sector on a sustainable and competitive footing and encourage cleaner production.

"We should harness the potentials of digital technology to strengthen communication and deliberation in the TSP and the overall textile sector," said former Chairman of the Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) Asif Ibrahim at a discussion at the BGMEA headquarters on Tuesday, said a press release issued on Wednesday.

According to a BSS report, BUILD and the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) organised the discussion on "TSP to accumulate ideas for Cleaner Textile". BGMEA Senior Vice President Faruque Hassan and BUILD former Chairman Asif Ibrahim co-chaired the meeting.

Among others, Build CEO Ferdaus Ara Begum, senior representatives from relevant government organisations, private sector chambers and firms, research organisations and development partners attended the meeting.

The TSP is a forum for public-private dialogue and cooperation on strengthening environmental sustainability, among other things, in the textile sector.

TSP was originated from the Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) initiative supported by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a project that is expected to enter its second phase soon. Faruque Hassan noted that business organisations are increasingly becoming sensitised about using water resource in a more efficient manner.

Ferdaus Ara Begum summarised the discussion under 10 points including tax incentives for green investment, stronger information dissemination, regional peer learning, stronger policy advocacy, spreading the sustainability initiative beyond the suppliers of international brands, promotion of research and innovation, commercialisation of innovation, online monitoring of ETPs and stronger promotion of zero discharge policy, highlighting the benefits of energy and water savings, and incorporation of the lessons of PaCT in its next phase.
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