The United States wants to see further development of the Bangladesh’s RMG sector with united efforts from all stakeholders including buyers and retailers.
US Congressman Sander Levin expressed this when he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office Tuesday morning.
PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed the reporters after the meeting.
Congressman Levin said that the buyers and the retailers have their due role towards the development of the RMG sector and there is a need for united efforts of all to this end.
He said the suspension of the GSP facilities for Bangladesh by the USA is not any stand by the US government against Bangladesh.
In response, the Prime Minister hoped that good actions would reinstate the GSP facilities for Bangladesh by the USTR in December this year.
She highlighted various steps taken by her government for the welfare of the country’s people including implementation of large-scale social safety net programs.
Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh has made good progress in socio-economic development, GDP growth, women empowerment, social mobility, education and health.
She said the country has made good progress against terrorism, in developing good relations with the neighboring countries, contributing in UN peacekeeping and also in democratic institution building.
About the ‘Rana Plaza’ building collapse in Savar on April 24 that claimed lives of over 1,100 workers, the Prime Minister said that soon after the tragic incident, her government took prompt steps to ensure smooth rescue operations as well as treatment of the injured people.
She mentioned that Bangladesh has enacted the Labour Law 2013 to protect the rights of workers.
Hasina thanked the United States for being a party of the ‘Compact for Continuous Improvements in Labour Rights and Factory Safety in the RMG and Knitwear Industry in Bangladesh’.
Ambassador at Large M Ziauddin, Media Adviser to the PM and Awami League president Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, PMO Secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman, PM’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and US ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena were present.