The Bangladesh government is mulling bail-out measures for the country’s leather and footwear manufacturers, whose prices and exports have been negatively impacted by the slowing global economy. Among the items under consideration: lower-interest bank loans, interest-free loans and higher cash incentives. The Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leather Goods and Footwear Exporters Association has met with the country’s finance minister to urge the passage of a number the proposed incentives. Meanwhile, the government will soon rule on a compensation request of about $36.5 million related to the cost of physically shifting the country’s leather industry from the Hazaribagh region to Savar. Leather exports from Bangladesh hit $284 million in 2008.