A European Union (EU) delegation is coming to Dhaka on a five-day visit today to review the progress of Bangladesh’s labor sector. European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific Paola Pampaloni will lead the delegation, sources said.
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs and Labor said that the EU delegation will see the progress of the implementation of the national action plan for the development of the labor sector. They will meet with the Foreign Secretary, Commerce Secretary and Labor Secretary on November 15. Apart from this, during the visit they will have a courtesy call on Law Minister Anisul Haque, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Labor Mannujan Sufian and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam. The discussions held with ministers and secretaries will focus on the situation after the revision of the labor law, the implementation of minimum wages, the rights of workers and the overall progress of the labor sector, including elimination of child labor and violence against workers.
Bangladesh Labor Sector Development Action Plan (NIP) was adopted in 2021 as a continuation of legal and administrative reforms to ensure labor rights protection and workplace safety. Sources said that the EU delegation is coming to Dhaka to discuss progress in the implementation of NIP.