The government has formed a joint monitoring committee comprised of representatives of brands and buyers, International Labour Organisation, garment factory owners and trade unions to evaluate the status of factory remediation work under Accord and Alliance and the readiness of national regulatory body to take over post-remediation monitoring from the buyers’ platforms. The committee, namely Transition Monitoring Committee, for the country’s export-oriented readymade garment sector was formed on Thursday, five months after deciding to form such a platform to take over factory safety monitoring from the two western buyers’ platforms. The labour Ministry formed the nine-member committee headed by labour Secretary Afroza Khan. A labour Ministry Joint Secretary, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Md Siddiqur Rahman, Vice-President Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association Vice-President Monsur Ahmed, LC Waikiki head of overseas sourcing offices Edward Southall, H&M’s Karl Gunnar Fagerlin and IndustriALL Bangladesh Council Secretary General Md Towhidur Rahman were included as members.