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Kauser BHUIYAN

Sourcing from Bangladesh is expected to be 9% higher

Bangladesh is likely to lose about $2.7 billion in export earnings every year once it graduates from the Least Developed Country (LDC) bracket. Upon graduation from the LDC status, exports will be subjected to 6.7 percent additional tariff as duty-free and quota-free benefits from different countries and trading partners will be withdrawn, according to a […]

Bangladesh workplace deaths double in 2016

Bangladesh has been struggling for repairing it’s damaged reputation as unsafe workplace, particularly after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building on the 24th April 2013 killing 1,135 innocent people. It has experienced 1,402 casualties in the workplace last year, according to a report published by the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS). Last year 699 […]

Sustainability Compact – Achievements and Challenges

In response to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in April 2013, the Government of Bangladesh (GoB), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Union (EU) and the United States (joined later) engaged in a joint initiative known as “Compact for Continuous Improvements in Labour Rights and Factory Safety in the Ready-Made Garment and […]

Bangladesh Sustainability Compact Achievements

Sustainability Compact achievements may be categorised in Technical and Legislative achievements. Technical Achievements: Out of more than 7,000 factories, as of March 2017 approximately 1,580 factories have been inspected and 55 terminated by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh for reasons of workplace safety. The Government of Bangladesh, in collaboration with the ILO […]

Bangladesh Sustainability Compact – Tasks Ahead

The visiting delegation of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the last week of March, led by Socialists and Democrats Co-rapporteur Mr. Arne Lietz, called on Bangladesh to address four issues: full alignment of the EPZ draft law Bangladesh Labour Act with the UN core Labour Convention modalities for establishing trade unions and the […]

Japan withdraws US$25m aid from BTCL project for attempted corruption

A Bangladesh government probe committee found five top officials of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) guilty of attempted corruption, inefficiency and failure to establish a nationwide telecom backbone network in the last ten years. Meanwhile, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) withdraws the US$25 million aid package that it had sanctioned for the project. The telecom division presented […]

Japan’s US$1.20b development aid package to Bangladesh facing delay

Japan’s nearly US$1.2 billion soft loan for five development projects is facing delay despite Bangladesh government’s efforts for confirming the assistance, officials said Wednesday. The loans are arranged under the Tokyo-assured 36th development aid package. Gloomy business and political environment as well as increased dependence on a certain bilateral donor country are cited as major reasons […]