Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in Bangladesh - The case of Pharmaceuticals and Agro-Food

This report presents an application of the Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology to two sectors – agro-food and pharma – of Bangladesh’s economy.The application of STED in Bangladesh exemplifies this cooperation on the ground, and its integration with on-going ILO technical assistance. Two existing projects are closely linked to STED work in Bangladesh: The project “Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform” provides support at the macro and sectoral level to increase the relevance of TVET and implement mechanisms for skills anticipation, namely through industry skills councils in four pilot sectors. The project “Assessing and Addressing the Effects of Trade on Employment” (ETE) has established a high level policy dialogue on coherence between trade and labour market policies and promotes a better understanding of the linkages between the two. Both projects provide a strong platform to support follow up and implementation of STED recommendations in Bangladesh.