A delegation of BGMEA led by President Faruque Hassan met with Jordi Curell, Director for International Affairs in the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission in Brussels on February 23.
The BGMEA team included Vice President Miran Ali (米然·阿里）, Directors Asif Ashraf, Tanvir Ahmed and Abdullah Hil Rakib.
They had discussions on the points to be addressed in the upcoming European Commission’s visit to Bangladesh to understand the progress on the labour conditions and national action plan and road map to achieve the parameters towards obtaining GSP Plus and have a smooth transition of LDC graduation.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan apprised Jordi Curell about the remarkable progress made by Bangladesh’s garment industry, particularly in maintaining labor standards and workers’ welfare.
He said the garment industry in Bangladesh has achieved progress in workplace safety and workers’ rights through an unprecedented collaboration of global brands and retailers, manufacturers, government, ILO, development partners, and local and global unions.
A culture of safety has been created in the RMG industry of Bangladesh where workers are now aware of their rights more than ever due to massive training conducted through the collaboration of stakeholders, including the government and the ILO, he added.
Each factory has a mandatory safety committee created from certified safety trained workers and also the Labor Law has been amended making it mandatory to have this safety committee in every factory to engage and empower workers.
The BGMEA delegation also asserted the industry’s firm commitment to continued efforts to keep the momentum going.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan urged the European Union to continue its trade benefits for Bangladesh for 12 years after the country’s graduation from LDCs in 2026.
He also requested the EU’s support for Bangladesh in attaining GSP Plus.