WRAP’s President and CEO Avedis Seferian headed to South Asia to check in on our organization’s compliance activities in the region. Seferian worked in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, with a busy schedule that saw him traveling to seven cities in two weeks.
Seferian ran several WRAP awareness programs in all three nations. In Bangladesh, the sessions were run jointly with GIZ, a German donor organization that works to support the promotion of sustainable development. In India and Sri Lanka, the sessions were conducted with SGS, one of WRAP’s accredited monitoring partners.
He also met with the Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB). Seferian and President Syed Nasim Manzur and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation and information-sharing between the two organizations. You can read more about the signing of this MoU later in this report and more information can be found on our website.
While in India, Seferian and K.T. Ramakrishnan, the most recent addition to the WRAP staff as the organization’s representative in India, had several successful meetings with external parties on growing WRAP in India.
“All in all, it was a very successful trip. The South Asia region continues to be a very important and growing player in the apparel sector. Bangladesh is already the second most popular sourcing destination on the planet and India’s great economic strides over the past few years are well known to all,” said Seferian.
“We expect the subcontinent to be a critical location for us, which is why we continue to increase the resources we’re devoting to the area— through a local office in Bangladesh plus a full-time representative in India.”
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