Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

IMPROVING WORKPLACE SAFETY

Canada willing to work with Bangladesh

Canada is willing to work with Bangladesh to improve compliance and offered to send experts to promote building safety, fire safety and labour law compliance issues in the RMG sector.

“Canada will work together with Bangladesh to improve compliance in the RMG sector,” said John Baird, foreign minister of Canada.

“Canada does not believe that workers in the sector should be punished through any kind of trade restrictions.”

Baird said this during a meeting with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on the sideline of the 20th Asean Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei on Tuesday, said a foreign ministry press release.

He said that the Canadian government would also encourage its buyers and retailers to engage with manufacturers and exporters in Bangladesh to improve social compliance in the sector to protect and promote the rights of workers.

The Bangladesh foreign minister thanked the Canadian government for its pragmatic approach and briefed Baird about the steps taken by the government to further update the existing labour law with a view to enhancing occupational safety and promoting the rights and well-being of workers.

Dipu Moni also requested Canada to review its current Rules of Origin provision so that it does not adversely affect Bangladesh’s exports to the country.

Earlier, the foreign minister interacted with the US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the ARF Retreat Session on Tuesday. They discussed follow up on some of the issues that were raised during their official bilateral meeting held in Washington earlier this year.