The government is set to engage in a dialogue today regarding the current state of labor rights, responding to pressure from major export destinations such as the US and the European Union (EU). Three senior secretaries from the ministries of commerce, labor, and foreign affairs will hold discussions with five foreign diplomats and an International Labour Organization (ILO) representative.
The dialogue aims to assess progress in implementing commitments outlined in the National Action Plan (NAP). The NAP, adopted in 2021, is intricately linked to a government-submitted roadmap for enhancing labor rights, as discussed in a seventh round of the Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (Ticfa) meeting held between Bangladesh and the US in September. This dialogue is crucial in addressing concerns raised by international stakeholders.