The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in association with Katalyst had organized an inception workshop on 14 February 2011. The workshop discussed the upcoming study to be jointly conducted by BUET and Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), sponsored by Katalyst.
The industry believes that jute processing machineries needs extensive financial investment. Majority of mills do not have sufficient financial support to neither upgrade the existing old machines nor get new machines.
The workshop brought together all stakeholders related to the study exchanging each other’s views, as Katalyst commences its work towards improving jute mills for higher productivity. With the help of BUET, as a technical consultant, a machinery audit will be done to identify the current status of the machineries in mills. The study will focus on 10 sample mills including both spinning and composite mills and focus on analyzing how the productivity could be improved if the machineries or parts of it is modified. These mills have been selected in association with Bangladesh Jute Mills Association (BJMA), Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA) and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC). Furthermore, CPD will do an analysis to present the overall economic impact of machinery up-gradation. The findings will be placed to the government bodies and financial institutions and technical institutes for better coordination and policies to address the issues.
Prof. Dr. S.M. Nazrul Islam, Vice-Chancellor of BUET, was the Chief Guest of the workshop. Dr Md. Kamal Uddin, Director General, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) and representatives from Katalyst, CPD, BJMA, BJSA and BJMC were present at the workshop. The spinning and composite mills, offered their full support towards conducting the study and welcomed the unique initiative taken by Katalyst and the association. BUET and CPD will organize a validation workshop to present the findings of the study with relevant stakeholders.