Bangladesh: Vision 2021

Gearing Up For New Generation Textiles

17, 18 December, 2019
Radisson Blu, Dhaka



CEO Conclaves


B2B Meetings

Factory Visits

Bangladesh, the hotspot for global growth, for the first time ever, holds a two day global conference and forum for interactions and discussions of potential partnerships between gathering of over 500 decision makers as buyers and sellers along the supply chain.


  • What’s next for Bangladesh: ROADMAP FOR GROWTH
  • Bangladesh ready for new Generation Textiles: SYNTHETICS FIBRES, YARNS & SUPPLY CHAIN
  • World of Cotton & Beyond: FIBRE, YARNS & SUPPLY CHAIN
  • Technology Upgradation: TEXTILE 4.0 & APPAREL 4.0

Invited & Confirmed Speakers

Mr Kihak Sung

President, ITMF

Mr Zhao Hong

Vice President, China Knitting Assoc.

Mr Noman Islam

Chairman, Noman Group, Bangladesh

Mr Andrea Wissanberg

VP, Head of Mktg, Oerlikon

Mr Suresh Kotak

Chairman, Kotak Associate

Mr Sanjay Jain

Chairman, CITI

Mr Mehdi Ali

Director, FBCCI & President, BCA

Mr R D Udeshi

President, Reliance Industries

Mr Rahul Mehta

President, CMAI

Mr Dilip Gaur

MD, Business Dir, Grasim

Mr Uday Gill

CEO, Indorama Ventures, Bangkok

Mr H K L Magu

Chairman, AEPC

Mr Roger Hubert

Country Manager, H&M, Bangladesh

Mr R K Rewari

MD, Morarjee Textile

Mr Rabin Mesbah

Ex MD, Alliance

Mr Rahul Chhabra

Country Manager, Bangladesh-India-Sri Lanka, s.Oliver

Why Bangladesh

Bangladesh needs to strengthen its Supply Chain

Bangladesh, the second largest apparel exporter to the world after China, exported garments worth US$ 30.61 billion in 2018. Its apparel exports have grown from $ 4.8 billion in 2000 at a CAGR of 13% and are expected to keep growing in double digits in the future.

Bangladesh is targeting to touch US$ 50 billion worth of exports by 2022, coinciding with Golden Jubilee (50 years) of their independence.

For its garment manufacturing, Bangladesh significantly needs to depend on imports of raw material including fibre, yarn, fabrics, dye stuff, machinery (both textile and garment), as well as all other services needed for successful exports of RMG. Its imports of clothing raw materials have increased at a CAGR of 7% reach $10.3 billion in 2016.

Currently, Bangladesh imports its required consumption of yarn and fabric to fill the demand-supply gap. Out of its total imports, cotton textiles is the largest imported category by Bangladesh, representing 55% of total textile and apparel imports (2016). This is followed by man-made textiles, others and apparel with a share of 35.0%, 6.8% and 3.2% respectively.

Bangladesh looks forward to be self reliant for textiles, yarns, fabrics

Bangladesh is also fast working on becoming self sufficient in terms of raw material like yarns, fabrics etc. Many new investments are planned in the spinning and weaving sectors of Bangladesh in the coming years with many big firms showing their interest to set up spinning and weaving units there, resulting in lot of technology machinery/parts and know-how support.

About Global Textile Forum

Global Textile Forum is an initiative, a platform to promote region’s textile and garment industry through Collaborative efforts. Asia in textiles and garments is the key manufacturing centre for the world and is bound to grow much bigger in times to come. The forum as a platform would bring buyers and sellers and the stakeholders to facilitate opportunities to discuss all the subjects like policies, trade treaties, co-operations and logistics effectiveness, in addition to the many pertinent concerns of the buyers and suppliers.

Bangladesh: Vision 2021

Gearing Up For New Generation Textiles

Bangladesh: What’s Next-Mantras for growth
Global experts analyse, strategise and draw roadmap for the growth of Bangladesh industry…discussing possible mantras of growth like Backward linkages and Verticalisation, Higher Valued products, Branding, penetrating into Emerging Markets, and Collaborations & Cooperations… What are the strengths and opportunities Bangladesh can count on? Also how should Bangladesh fight infrastructure and logistic bottlenecks for faster growth?

The World of Cotton
A good start is half the battle won. The need of the hour for Bangladesh is to have better control over all the factors that impact raw material input costs through efficient sourcing, quality, buffering global supply and demand fluctuations and risk hedging. And further targeting higher value additions through conversions into yarns, fabrics, garments …a fibre to fashion journey.

Business of Brands
Ever increasing expectations of global brands in terms of shorter lead time, reducing volumes, squeezing prices and increasing investments in technological gradation… the business is increasingly becoming challenging…how is Bangladesh gearing up to take its industry to the next level?…. Global brand leaders share their experiences and expectations from Bangladesh.

Denims and Jeanswear
Denims and Jeanswear have contributed significantly towards the growth of Bangladesh. Being one of the largest exporters to the USA and the EU, Bangladesh today can boast of the finest jeans manufacturing eco-system. Increasing denim garment exports have made Bangladesh one of the largest denim fabric consuming countries in the world. More and more global denim fabric manufacturers are converging on Bangladesh with their specialized and innovative products, while the local industry is rapidly increasing denim fabric manufacturing.

Sportswear, Athleisure & Performance Textiles and Clothing
The current global trend is increasing consumption and marketing of sportswear, athleisure and performance clothing and fabrics. Bangladesh needs to gear up for upgrading this sector to continue its growth. A lot of technological innovation, fresh investments, knowledge and skill sets are needed to penetrate into this newer area.

Sustainability & Compliance: The new face of Bangladesh
Bangladesh today can boast of the maximum number of green and compliant factories in the world, having faced the challenge boldly…but still a lot needs to be done to meet sustainable, compliant and transparent manufacturing processes and to follow the best practices to retain global buyers.

Technology Upgradation & Apparel 4.0
Automations, new technologies, IT, Artificial Intelligence and robotics are entering garment manufacturing in a big way. Buyers are looking for fewer factories as suppliers but factories with modern technology and high efficiency. Advanced technology is also a safer bet for survival and better business profitability.

About the Organisers

TAI, MP Unit, the organising unit, a part of The TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA), is 75 years old and is currently celebrating Platinum Jubilee. TAI is world’s largest association of textile professionals as their members. TAI has over 26 units across the country and a membership base of 24,000.

Principal Associate

Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) being one of the leading industry chambers of the textile and clothing sector of India, represents the major leading regional & industry associations and 17 major corporate members, thus, covering the entire textile value chain from farm to garments & made-ups and the textile machinery industry.

Organising Partner

DFU Publications is a pioneer communication company for over 30 years, in Indian fashion retail, apparel and Textiles. With its leading publications as Inside Fashion and Desire Series. (monthly HITS – 6,00,000) has Daily Newsletter reaching to over 1,00,000 professionals and companies across India in this industry. FashionatingWorld (, monthly HITS 1.2 million) is a Global webplatform for Textiles, Apparel & Fashion Retail, with a Daily Newsletter reaching out to over 4,00,000 professionals and companies across the world in this industry.
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