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BGMEA AT A GLANCE
 
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)  
Introduction:
 
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is the apex trade body that represents the export oriented woven, knit and sweater garment manufacturers and exporters of the country. Readymade Garment (RMG) is the leading sector of Bangladesh in terms of employment, production and foreign exchange earning. Readymade garment (RMG) alone earned about 78% of the yearly foreign exchange earning of the country. About 3.6 million people are employed in the garment sector. The growth rate of RMG export was over 20% per over the last two decades.  

A Success Story of RMG Sector:
 
The importance of RMG sector can hardly be over emphasized. There has been a steady growth in the field of RMG during last two decades. The RMG industry enjoyed a meteoric rise from 30 enterprises in 1980 increased to about 5150 in 2010-11 fiscal year. The growth of the industry in terms of number of units and employment generation is shown in table - 1 below:  

Table 1: Growth of the industry and Employment
 
Year| Number of Garment Factories| Employment in Million Workers| 1983-84| 134| 0.040|
1984-85| 384| 0.115|
1985-86| 594| 0.198|
1986-87| 629| 0.283|
1987-88| 685| 0.306|
1988-89| 725| 0.317|
1989-90| 759| 0.335|
1990-91| 834| 0.402|
1991-92| 1163| 0.582|
1992-93| 1537| 0.804|
1993-94| 1839| 0.827|
1994-95| 2182| 1.200|
1995-96| 2353| 1.290|
1996-97| 2503| 1.300|
1997-98| 2726| 1.500|
1998-99| 2963| 1.500|
1999-2000| 3200| 1.600|
2000-2001| 3480| 1.800|
2001-2002| 3618| 1.800|
2002-2003| 3760| 2.000|
2003-2004| 3957| 2.000|
2004-2005| 4107| 2.000|
2005-2006| 4220| 2.200|
2006-2007| 4490| 2.400|
2007-2008| 4743| 2.800|
2008-2009| 4925| 3.500|
2009-2010| 5063| 3.600|
2010-2011| 5150| 3.600|
 
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