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Textiles Partnership is making a difference – Minister Gerd Müller visits Bangladesh

Federal Minister Gerd Müller meets survivors of the Rana Plaza building collapse in a women's café supported by GIZ

Press release of 07.10.2015 |

Dhaka – Just before the first anniversary of the launch of the Textiles Partnership, Minister Müller visited Bangladesh, the world's second largest exporter of textiles. The German Development Ministry and its partners are working on numerous fronts in Bangladesh to improve the situation of textile workers there.

Minister Müller said, "Two years after Rana Plaza, there has been quite a bit of progress. With German support, many survivors of the disaster have been given a livelihood again. The training of labour inspectors is helping to make progress on health and safety in textile factories. And Germany is providing advice on the establishment of committees of workers' representatives and on the introduction of an occupational accident insurance. All these things show that we are making progress on putting in place better social and environmental standards for garment workers in Bangladesh and in other producer countries in Asia and Africa."

The Textiles Partnership now has almost 160 members. It includes about half of Germany's textile industry and trade sector. A number of major companies from Bangladesh have joined the Partnership as well.

Minister Müller commented, "Our Textiles Partnership is making a difference. With the support of civil society and textile companies as well as producers and governments on the ground, we will jointly achieve visible progress. The things we wear on our skin mean we have a responsibility – for the development of the countries where they are made, and for the people who make them for us."

The Minister visited a textile factory that is a member of the Partnership. The factory produces clothing for many German labels, among others. Müller also had a meeting with survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster. When the Rana Plaza textile factory collapsed in Dhaka two years ago, more than a thousand people were killed. With German assistance, many survivors are being provided with health care and medical devices such as prostheses. At the end of his visit, Minister Müller had a meeting with Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

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