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Load-shedding cripples RMG exporters

03 October 2022

Staff Reporter :
The country's apparel manufacturers are facing difficulties in delivering goods to international retailers and brands on time due to ongoing load-shedding.
"The situation has worsened so much that factories are facing four to 10 hours of power outage nowadays," said Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Faruque Hassan on Sunday.
The BGMEA president was speaking at a discussion on "Launching Web Portal on setting up factories, licensing, certification and registration" organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and the GIZ at a hotel in Dhaka.
The government argued that load-shedding is being enforced to save diesel, but now factories have to run on diesel due to the lower pressure of gas and power, Faruque said.
"Sometimes, gas pressure turns so low that factories can't run at their full capacity. As a result, diesel consumption has not been reduced. Rather, it has increased," the BGMEA chief added. "With all these challenges, the cost of doing business is increasing and the export from Bangladesh has been performing poorly since September," he said.

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