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ILO to launch major new programme to improve garment factory safety in Bangladesh

Media advisory | 21 October 2013
GENEVA ─ The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Government of Bangladesh will launch a new programme to improve working conditions in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh on Tuesday 22 October in Dhaka at 09:00 GMT.

The three-and-a-half year initiative will focus on improving RMG factory building safety and workers’ rights and conditions in Bangladesh.

It will build on work already underway in the country since the Tazreen factory fire in 2012 and Rana Plaza building collapse almost six months ago in which over 1,100 workers lost their lives.

The ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo will be attending the launch alongside the Bangladesh Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Labour and Employment ; the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh; the Head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Office in Dhaka and representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations.

For more information and to arrange an interview, please contact the ILO spokesperson, Hans von Rohland on +4122/799-7912 or