Tuomo Poutiainen has taken up his post as the Country Director for the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Bangladesh. He presented his letter of appointment to Foreign Minister A. H. Mahmood Ali, M.P on 3 June 2018.
Mr. Poutiainen has worked with the ILO for 19 years including spells in the Philippines, Switzerland, Cambodia, Thailand and Bangladesh. During his time with ILO he has been involved in community-based development, child labour, indigenous people’s issues, livelihoods promotion and peace and development initiatives. In recent years Mr. Poutiainen has specialized in developing and running efforts aimed at addressing working conditions, labour rights and managing industry improvement processes in global supply chains.
Prior to his appointment as ILO Country Director for Bangladesh, Mr. Poutiainen was Head of Quality and Factory Services for the ILO/IFC Better Work Programme. From 2014 – 2017, he was based in Bangladesh where he led ILO’s Improving Working Conditions in the Ready Made Garment Sector programme. Mr. Poutiainen has also run a large-scale ILO programme addressing child labour and forced labour in the seafood processing industry in Thailand as well as ILO’s flagship Better Factories Cambodia programme.
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