Video: Solution to Bangladesh Factory Tragedy is 'Mending, Not Ending' Industry

The April 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that is being called one of the worst industrial accidents ever has some Western companies considering leaving the country, thereby threatening the future of an industry that has become the second-largest apparel exporter after China.

In the video above, Ejaj Ahmad, founder and president of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), cautions against such moves. The Asia Society Asia 21 fellow says the solution lies not in abandoning a thriving industry in a developing country, but using the incident to ensure more stringent regulations are enforced and that workers' rights are made a priority.

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