What next for Bangladesh?

The Rana Plaza disaster has focused attention on Bangladesh’s readymade garment industry, and the potential of alternative export industries.

What next for Bangladesh?
Bangladeshi garments workers marching for better working conditions

The collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza in the Savar district of Dhaka on April 24 that killed 1,127 people was clearly a terrible human disaster. It has led to recriminations, soul-searching about the standards in Bangladesh’s $20 billion readymade garment industry RMG and government action. But, not least, it has also turned the focus on the country’s other potential export sectors as a way to move up the value chain.

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