Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor and Director, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) of Texas A&M University, and a world-renowned safety expert, introducedthe “MOKPSC-Dhaka”, an extension of MKOPSC in USA, on March 29 at the reception dinner in Gulshan, Dhaka.
MKOPSC-Dhaka’s mission is to promote safety as second nature in industry in Bangladesh and in the region to prevent future accidents. In keeping with the global vision set by MKOPSC-USA, MKOPSC-Dhaka will work to become a regional leader in safety through Education, Research and Service. Operating under the direct supervision of MKOPSC-USA and drawing on its deep expertise and resources, MKOPSC-Dhaka will work in the prevention and minimization of losses in the industrial sector, particularly the textile and Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector.
The event was attended by over 50 dignitaries and business leaders, including His Excellency, Ambassador Bandillo of Philippines; Dr. Masrur Reaz of IFC; Mr. Humayun Rashid, SVP, DCCI; Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, VC of the University of Asia Pacific; Dr. Nooruddin Ahmed, past VC of BUET;Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Chairman of BUILD; Board members of FBCCI, DCCI, BGMEA, BKMEA, CBCCI, BPCCI;members of various foreign embassies and multi-lateral agencies, like IFC and GIZ; Professors from BUET and other universities; Business owners and leaders from RMG and other government and private industries.
Dr. Mannan stated that this safety center would build local capacity and Bangladeshize the on-going safety effort in the RMG sector in Bangladesh. He further stated that what works in the western world may not work here in Bangladesh and vice-versa.With over 4 years in the works, this initiative would not only help build a safety culture, but be the catalyst for growth of safety related businesses in Bangladesh.
Engr. Akber Hakim, Country Head of MKOPSC-Dhaka and MD & CEO of Engineering Resources International (ERI) Ltd. mentioned that MKOPSC-Dhaka is a timely initiative to take the work of Accord, Alliance, ILO and other organizations, over the last few years, forward. He further mentioned that MKOPSC-Dhaka would be an inclusive organization where we would need the participation of all stakeholders – foreign buyers, government agencies, trade bodies, educational institutions, multi-lateral institutions, donor agencies and industry.
In their remarks, Ambassador Bandillo, Dr. MasrurReaz, Mr. Humayun Rashid, Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Dr. Noorudin Ahmed and Engr. JawaherulGhani welcomed the initiative and termed it as the turning point for safety in Bangladesh.