A delegation comprising leaders of apparel industry associations in Bangladesh held a meeting with André Picard, Chief Technical Adviser and Head, Actuarial Services Unit, and Anne-Marie La Rosa of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland on May 31.
The delegation included President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Faruque Hassan; President of Employers Federation of Bangladesh (BEF) Ardashir Kabir; Executive President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Mohammad Hatem; BGMEA Vice President Miran Ali; BGMEA Standing Committee Chair on ILO issue A N M Saifuddin and Secretary-General for BEF Farooq Ahmed.
They had discussions about various issues pertaining to the apparel industry of Bangladesh particularly the progress made by the industry in compliance with ILO conventions ratified by the country.
They also discussed employment injury insurance scheme for the RMG sector in Bangladesh.
The delegation apprised the ILO of about the industry’s ongoing initiatives and programs including ILO’s Better Work Program in the RMG sector to promote descent working conditions in the garment factories.
They asserted the firm commitment of the industry to carrying forward the achievements made so far in ensuring safe and decent workplace for workers and their rights and well-being.