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German Government supports Bangladesh in training labour inspectors

imageSince many years Germany is committed to assist Bangladesh to improve working conditions and safety standards in the RMG sector. To this end the governments of Bangladesh and Germany have created a joint programme on “Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry” (PSES) to ensure – among various other issues – an improvement in worker’s rights and safety in the RMG sector. A key element to reach this goal is an efficient, credible and transparent labour inspection system.

A team of compliance professionals from GIZ, part of German Development Cooperation, in cooperation with labour inspection experts from the International Labour Organization (ILO), are conducting a three-day seminar for factory inspectors.

All inspectors from the general, health and safety wings of the inspection department in the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) will participate in this training. “After the country’s worst-ever industrial tragedies, Rana Plaza building collapse and the fire incident in Tazreen Garments last year, the Government of Bangladesh has upgraded the Directorate to a Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments adding 679 new positions, including 392 slots for new inspectors.

Already, the government has appointed new inspectors, recruitment of many more are also in the pipeline,” said Md Mujibul Haque, MP, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Labour and Employment during the inauguration ceremony.

“We need to ensure worker’s safety by implementing a strict, transparent and efficient factory inspection system. To this end Germany will continue its support. Our joint efforts to improve the situation on the ground are reflecting our political commitment.

The follow-up meeting of the “EU-Bangladesh Sustainability Compact” that will take place in Brussels on 20 October 2014 will send a clear signal in this regard.” said Dr. Ferdinand von Weyhe, Chargé d’Affaires of the German Embassy in Dhaka during the event. “I am happy that our project PSES is able to offer this advanced training with three of our own staff members who speak Bangla well.

In a next step besides the theoretical training, we will offer practical trainings for the inspectors in our partner factories. GIZ has a long-standing, ongoing relationship with the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO through many interventions with the aim to strengthen the capacity of the labor inspectors to conduct comprehensive inspections”,said Mr Magnus Schmid, Acting Country Director, GIZ and Program Coordinator, PSES.

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