Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday urged Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s second-largest clothing retailer based in Sweden, to import more readymade garment products from Bangladesh.

She thanked H&M for buying products when visiting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the leading global garment importer Karl-Johan Persson met her at her official residence Ganabhaban.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Bijan Lal Dev stated that the Prime Minister said the firm was playing a vital role in the economy.

Hasina said the internal market for local products was being expanded further as the purchasing capability of the readymade garment workers increased.

She also referred to the steps of her government to protect the interest of the workers and augment industrial growth at the same time.

“The minimum wage for the garment workers has been raised 87 percent and we are strictly monitoring its implementation,” Dev said quoting Hasina.

The Prime Minister said the priority of her government was to ensure welfare of the workers as the labour-intensive sectors like agriculture, garment and manufacturing are the backbone of the national economy.

The clothes manufacturer and store chain with shops in a number of countries around the world is ranked the second largest global clothing retailer, behind Spain’s Inditex (parent company of ZARA). It has over 2,300 stores in 43 countries and as of 2011 employed around 94,000 people.

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