Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2018 – First Ever International Leathergoods & Leather Footwear Sourcing Show

The Countdown Begins: 3 Days long     Highlights     Display Profile
Benefits of sourcing from BLLISS

Ministry of Commerce & Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) are organizing Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2018 – First Ever International Leathergoods & Leather Footwear Sourcing Show between 22 – 24 November 2018. International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina, MP, the Honourable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will inaugurate this grand event on 22 November 2018.

Diversification of exports is one of the key factors influencing the economic growth of Bangladesh. The leather sector is the second largest export earner for the country. Bangladesh is rapidly emerging as a popular destination for the sourcing of leather goods and footwear. First ever Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2018 will showcase the country’s strength in this sector.

Target Audience : Brands, buyers, designers, fashion experts, industry leaders, sourcing agents, consultants & distributors are the target audience for this show.

Visiting BLLISS will give an opportunity to establish relationships with the best leather footwear and leather goods and accessories factories in Bangladesh. Since Bangladesh is one of the largest growing hubs for manufacturing, this first edition of BLLISS will provide with the unique chance to get into the market early and create connections with the best manufacturers in the business. BLLISS 2018 helps establish business relationships with some of the leading OEMs, ODMs and OBMs from this fast growing production hub in the region.

The exhibitors participating in BLLISS are the pioneering leather footwear and leather goods factories in Bangladesh with internationally compliant world class production facilities. BLLISS will provide a platform for the manufacturers and buyers to meet and discuss possibilities for future business collaborations.

Highlights :
Opening ceremony on 22nd November 2018 which the Honourable Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh will inaugurate. • Trade show featuring 7 pavilions and 20 stands showcasing leather footwear and leather goods that are being made in Bangladesh. which will provide opportunities for dialogue with industry leaders.

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FOOTWEAR : A range of children, men & women shoemakers, will be showcasing their latest collections & fashionable items such as: boots & high tops, pumps, ?ats oxfords, loafers, sports footwear, sneakers etc.

LEATHERGOODS : A handful of leathergoods manufacturers will display a wide variety of assorted leather items & accessories, ranging from handbags, shoulder bags, purses, pouches, wallets, briefcases, cases, travel bags, sports bags, vanity cases, belts, gloves etc.

Benefits of sourcing from BLLISS :
One-stop sourcing at BLLISS from some of the leading producers of leather footwear and leathergoods from Bangladesh • Establish business relationships with some of the leading OEMs, ODMs and OBMs from this fast growing production hub in the region. • Participate in on-site fringe programs and activities including seminars on fashion and business trends. • Catch up with factory visit.

Why Invest in Bangladesh ?
Bangladesh has a long established tanning industry which produces around 2-3% of the world’s leather from a ready supply of raw materials. • Abundant, competitive labour cost – ideal for labour intensive industry. • Government’s support in the form of tax holidays, duty free imports of raw materials and machinery for export-oriented leather market. • Tariff and quota free access to major markets such as the EU & Japan. • A tariff
concession facility to major importing countries under Generalized System of Preferences
(GSP) coverage. • 27% annual average export growth rate over the last 4 years. • Growing domestic market for footwear and leather articles (nearly ten million urban dwellers have annual incomes well in excess of $10,000 catering a sizable market for a wide range of goods and services). • Bonded warehouse facility. • Policy supports, export credit facility, fiscal and Non fiscal incentives.

Jointly Organized by : Ministry of Commerce & Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB)

Leathergoods And Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) is the recognized trade body that represents most of the major export oriented manufacturers and exporters of leather goods and footwear in Bangladesh. LFMEAB being a proactive trade body guiding the sector by way of making strategic linkage, forging collaboration with relevant national and international institutes, materializing possible cooperation, mobilizing resources and playing a key role in advancing sustainable growth of the nation, through policy advocacy, research and innovative industry speci?c services. LFMEAB has continuously been leading initiatives to support for the development of the SME clusters and value chain through quality improvement, skill development, financial management improvement, and process development, etc. LFMEAB in partnership with Centre of Excellence for Leather Skill Bangladesh (COEL), which is a dedicated skills and service solution center, catering demand and needs of the industry. It has already developed two Common Facility Centre (CFCs). The association has also undertaken a programme to implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Eco-labelling schemes, which aims to establish Bangladesh as one of the leading sustainable sourcing destination in global supply chain.

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BLLISS is also proud to host a series of discussions and presentations highlighting key industry issues, involving some of the biggest names in the world of leathergoods and footwear. One of the major objectives of these interactive sessions is to make entrepreneurs aware of the various contemporary challenges which exist in the global and local leathergoods and footwear industries. The leading minds of the trade will then provide their invaluable opinions on how to adapt to them.

Session1 – Day 1
22nd November 2018
3pm to 4pm

Opportunities for Bangladesh arising from US-China tariff war.

A trade-war has begun between China and USA, and escalating everyday. Tramp Administration has slapped 25 percent tax, targeting $250 billion in Chinese imports from Mainland China. China responded with retaliatory measures. This seems will be a prolonged conflagration, could soon trigger significant currency depreciation or imposing restraints over US firms in China. The world might also see trade conflict spill over into other non-commercial areas. Due to this growing tensions sourcing diversification will likely become a MUST and URGENT strategic move for global supply chain players. In the last year, China accounted for 67.5% world footwear export market share with 9678 million pairs. This is a huge overdependence on a single market. The trade experts and industry insiders will discuss what Bangladesh can offer to became a dependable China+ solution, while global brands and buyers are seeking alternatives in order to reduce vulnerability.

Mr. Christian Ewert
Director General of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) based in Brussels

Mr. Tapan Kanti Ghosh
Additional Secretary (Export), Export Wing, Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh

Dr. Selim Raihan
Professor, Department of Economics, Dhaka University and Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM).

Syed Nasim Manzur
Managing Director, Apex Footwear Ltd. and Convenor of BLLISS 2018.

Session 2 -Day 2
23rd November, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Coping with global price pressure

Customers and buyers are coming along with new set of requirements to fulfil their sustainability commitments. However giving almost no premium price in return. But on the other hand, continuously putting price pressures, i.e., driving race-to-the- bottom. Cost of doing business is increasing progressively—such as cost of raw materials, gas, electricity, water supply, growing wages etc. There should be a sincere dialogue among the supply chain players to develop responsible sourcing practice for the purpose of taking the shared burden to achieving shared goals. This session will shed light on how to cope with such pressure and different disruption making it harder to keep the margin.

Mr. William Wong
President, Federation of Hong Kong Brands and Co-Founder, Global Footwear Sustainability Summit

Mr. Md. Hedayetullah Ron
Chairman, Mutual Trust Bank Ltd. (MTB) and Managing Director, Footbed Footwear Limited.

Mr. Labik Kamal
Director, ECM Footwear

Mr. Ibnul Wara
Managing Director, Austan Ltd

Session3 Day 2
23rd November, 2018
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Shift to Original Design Manufacturing: New Source of Competitiveness

Consumers’ growing demand for ‘fast fashion’ is rapidly changing the dynamic of manufacturing process and the sourcing model. Speed-to-market is the new game of the fashion industry. Pressure is on at the factory level. Manufacturers now have to deliver faster, better and cheaper. Time is the best quality to remain in the game. Before it was very usual to have business based on OEM model, but increasingly buyers are not interested to spend time and money on design development, they are rather seeking this as a service from their manufacturing suppliers. Shift to ODM has become a critical source of competitiveness. The session will discuss how Bangladeshi factories are preparing to take up the challenges and transforming itself.

Mr. Jean Marc PEDEBOY
Partner and Founder of Strategies/ ROMANS CAD 2D/3D Design Software

Mr. Bryan Appleby
Founder of FW Creation

Ms. Amrita Makin Islam
Deputy Managing Director, Picard Bangladesh Limited

Mr. Mustain Billah
Component Coordinator-1, Export Competitiveness for Jobs (EC4J) Project, Ministry of Commerce

Session 4 Day 3

24th November, 2018
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Leather Sector Strategic Roadmap: Collaboration & Partnership for Diversified Growth
The Leather Sector, and its wider value chain, represents one of the best opportunities for Bangladesh to diversify its exports and create decent jobs through better integration into global value chains. It’s where Bangladesh has enormous strength to add value from firm-to-fashion products. In order to realize this potential, Ministry of Commerce with support from the World Bank has developed a visionary Roadmap with concrete action plans for diversified and accelerated growth. The ‘Leather Sector Export Roadmap’ outlines the strategy for enhancing leather sector exports. A number of development partners, working closely with the private sectors will come together to share their thoughts, what they consider befitting to bring synergy leading up to a robust partnership to achieve the common objectives.

Mr. Md. Saiful Islam

President , LFMEAB

Ms. Hosna Ferdous Sumi
Private Sector Specialist, World Bank Group

Mr. Md. Obaidul Azam
Additional secretary and Project Director, Export Competitiveness for Jobs (EC4J) Project, Ministry of Commerce

Mr. Sandeep Das
Country Managing Director – Intertek Bangladesh

For more details visit caught up with Mr. Nasim Manzur, the convenor of BLLISS on the eve of their event to get a glimpse of what is store in the second edition.Here’s an Except :

LB : How has second edition of BLLISS 2018 shaped up?
NM : We are very excited and we are very happy that this continues to grow and we are seeing much higher level of involvement and response from local and international exhibitors to participate in BLLISS and we think this is a real window of opportunity for Bangladesh given the global trade tensions that are happening. There seems to more interest in Bangladesh as a sourcing option specially for leather footwear and non-leather footwear as well as leathergoods. We beleive that this edition is important to put Bangladesh once more on the map, particularly in the context of what is happening globally as why Bangladesh is Destination Next which is the theme this time. We feel that the partnership with Leathertech is incredible, we are extremely happy to see the kind of growth with participation crossing more than 20 countries in that Technology show, I think it will help Bangladesh industry become more sustainable and more attractive sourcing destination.

LB : From the buyers point of view what are the highlights of this edition of BLLISS ?
NM : I think definitely the quality of the product that we are showing, high value added products more diversity in the range of products leather and non leather and more markets, it used to be more Europe, America centric, now it is non traditional market as well and also the kind of factories that are participating. I’m happy it is not just big factories, medium factories but even small factories, people who are already in the exports space as well as people who want to enter the exports space are participating and diversity of the exhibition is very good.

LB : How has been the response of the buyers fraternity?
NM : Timing is a little bit challenging with the elections round the corner, so there is some nervousness from travelling abroad this time. But we are doing more of a targeted approach this time looking more at quality rather than quantity. We have very important chinese shoe factory owners coming looking at Bangladesh as a possible destination. We have some the biggest brands and retail brands coming to look at us so I think this time if not big numbers it should get better results.

LB : What would be stand out aspect interms of the product offerings from Bangladesh in the forthcoming edtion ?
NM : Bangladesh in the leathergoods and leatherfootwear space has always positioned itself as a value for money proposition but not necessarily cheapest that needs to grow and BLLISS will give us opportunity to showcase products that can be made in an environmentally sustainable manner that is very important for leather and also products that have higher design content.

LB : What are the various Breakout sessions this time?
NM : We have some very exciting breakout sessions this edition. We are going to deliberate about the opportunities emerging out of the China-US standoff, we will debate on the importance of automation and efficiency in our industry. There is very important session on the strategic roadmap for the industry. So I think there is something for everybody.

LB : How do you feel that Hon’ble PM once again agreeing to Inaugurate BLLISS 18?

NM : Again we are absolutely overjoyed and previleged to get the kind of support we get personally from her for this sector. We know that she expects a lot of us. She has always been supportive to us whenever we had grievances. Her presence again this time shows the committment of the administration for making the sector what it should be which is much more that 1.5 billion USD.

The Countdown Begins: 3 Days long “Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2018” is about to start

A three-day expo on leather goods and leather footwear will begin at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the city on next Thursday, aiming to give an impetus to the country’s economy.

The second edition of the expo titled ‘Bangladesh Leather Footwear and Leather Goods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) 2018’ is expected to create greater interaction among the local and international businesses. Ministry of Commerce and Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB), co-organiser of the event, made the announcement at press conference at a city hotel on Saturday.
Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) Kazi M. Aminul Islam, Senior Commerce Secretary Shubhashish Bose and LFMEAB President Md Saiful Islam, among others, spoke at the press conference. Mr. Shubhashish Bose said the country’s leather goods manufacturing sector is highly potential for diversification of the export basket, thanks to local availability of the key raw materials. “Unlike the apparel industry, the key raw materials of the leather goods are widely available in Bangladesh,” he said.

The export-oriented leather footwear and leather goods could contribute more to the country’s total foreign currency earnings, he said. The upcoming trade fair will help the local businesses to explore new global opportunities, he added. With the thematic tagline ‘Destination Next’, the expo will remain open for the visitors without any entry fee from 2.00pm to 6.00pm on the opening day and from 10.00am to 6.00pm on the following days.

Renowned local and foreign leather goods manufacturers and exporters will display their products at the exhibition. Around 40 businesses from 13 countries like Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, France, the US, China, Belgium and India will participate the event. They will showcase wide ranges of leather goods, manufacturing technology and ingredients.

Four discussion sessions will also be held on the sidelines of the fair. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Saiful Islam said Bangladesh is the sixth largest manufacturers of footwear and 12th largest market in terms of consumption. The country is also the 26th largest leather footwear exporter. He also said that the maiden edition of the BLLISS drew vast attention from the local and international businesses. Some international businesses expressed their interest to invest in Bangladesh after the expo last year, he added. Responding to a query, Mr. Aminul Islam said there had been a significant growth in foreign investment in the country’s leather goods manufacturing sector in the last one year.

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