Bangladesh exports 6.5m PPE to US

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DHAKA, May 25, 2020 (BSS) – Bangladesh today joined the select group of
countries that manufacture world-class, large-scale Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) by shipping 6.5 million PPE gowns to American brand Hanes for
ultimate delivery to US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Beximco Group, one of the leading business conglomerates of Bangladesh
made the shipment to the US today, a press release said here.

To mark the occasion, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam
joined US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller at Hazrat Shahjalal
International Airport (HSIA) to see off Beximco’s first shipment of PPE to
the USA.

Alam said Bangladesh is also facing toughest times and trying to cope with
this pandemic like the rest of the world.

“It’s remarkable to see that within this short span of two months
Bangladesh was able to foray into this very regulated market with such a
sensitive healthcare product with just not ten or twenty thousand pieces but
six and half million pieces,” he said.

US Ambassador Miller said the USA welcomes Bangladesh’s world-class large-
scale PPE production to the global marketplace. “The Beximco-Hanes
partnership is another great example of how our two great nations are
combating the COVID-19 pandemic,” Miller said.

As the global spread of COVID-19 has bloomed into a pandemic, it has
become clear that there will be a desperate need of PPE to keep medical
professionals and the general public safe, said Beximco CEO and Group
Director Mr. Syed Naved Husain.

He said this would help keep people safe and secure worldwide while
helping Bangladesh`s own economy and ensuring that the large workforce of 4.1
million in the garment sector can still make a good livelihood.

Managing Director of Beximco Pharma Nazmul Hassan, MP, termed the event
historic and said: “Today, we join the club of first-class large-scale PPE
manufacturing countries.”