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Progress report on RMG action plan sent to United States Trade Representative

imagesThe government has sent the progress report on implementation of ‘Bangladesh Action Plan 2013’ in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) sector to the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in a bid to get back the suspended trade facility in the US market.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed made the disclosure Tuesday while talking to the media at the ministry of commerce (MoC).

The US suspended the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) facility on June 27 last year following industrial disasters such as the Rana Plaza collapse and the Tazreen Fashions fire in the sector. The USTR formulated the Bangladesh Action Plan 2013 later in July that year for implementation in the sector in order to get the facility revived.

The minister said: “Our progress in implementation of the action plan is satisfactory in view of the initiatives we have taken to get back the facility. Most of the conditions have been fulfilled. We have sent the report to the USTR) today (Tuesday). The conditions yet to be complied with will be met as soon as possible.”

About 200 additional inspectors would be appointed for the apparel sector by June next, he added. “It is a hard job. The government has already appointed 67 inspectors.”

“We have taken an initiative to bring export processing zones (EPZs) under the Bangladesh Labour Act within a short span of time. The work on it is going on,” Mr Tofail said.

Replying to a question, the commerce minister said: “The US government is satisfied with the initiatives taken to get back the GSP.”

This is the second time the government has sent a progress report on labour rights and safety standards in the country’s apparel sector. The first one was submitted in November last year.
Source: Financial Express

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