A three-member delegation of the European Parliament Sub Committee on Human Rights, led by Cristian Dan PREDA, met the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam today at the Foreign Ministry. The other members of the delegation are Josef Weidenholzer and Karol Karski. Adviser for Political Affairs to the Prime Minister
H T Imam and Head of Mission to the European Union Ambassador Ismat Jahan were present in the meeting.
During the meeting, the State Minister informed the visiting delegation that in fulfilling the commitment to promote safety and workers’ rights especially in RMG sector Bangladesh has undertaken various initiatives including legal and policy reforms, administrative actions, improving building safety and protection of workers’ rights and wellbeing.
He told them that the government has adopted measures including adoption of new labour law, drafting of the implementation rules under the labour law and approval of the EPZ Act by the Cabinet.
The members of the EP delegation appreciated the government of Bangladesh’s sustained efforts in improving the working conditions in the RMG sector. The visiting delegation was also impressed by the progress made with regard to the sustainability compact. They said that they had seen actual progress made in the areas of electricity, protection from fire, building safety etc. during visit in RMG Factory in Dhaka. Commending the increase of wage of RMG workers twice during the term between 2009-2013 of the Awami League government, they termed it an ‘extra ordinary’ move.
The delegation said that European Union is the number one trade and development partner of Bangladesh. They also said that the EU would continue its humanitarian assistance for the undocumented Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.