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Bangladesh Project goes on violating JICA agreement terms

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has expressed dissatisfaction over the central bank’s alleged violation of agreement on projects being financed by the Japanese lender. Officials said Bangladesh Bank (BB) has allegedly changed the implementation authority and directors of two projects without having consultation with the lender in accordance with the provisions of the agreement. […]

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ILO presses Bangladesh for rules on labour law

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has emphasised preparing rules for implementation of the Bangladesh Laobur Act in accordance with the international labour standards. Bangladesh Labour Act 2013 has been in force since 22nd July 2013 through official gazette notification of the government of Bangladesh but due to non-existence of the rules for implementation it is […]

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Amended Bangladesh Labour Act in force but not implemented

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Bangladesh Labour Act 2013 has been in force since 22nd July 2013 through official gazette notification of the government of Bangladesh but due to non-existence of the rules for implementation it is not being implemented, says the concerned authorities. Labour leaders and rights groups, however, allege the government for intentional delay over formulation of the rules, protecting the […]

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Foreign companies bared from the commercial service sector

A long-pending legal petition has been hindering foreign companies entering into the Bangladesh’s Commercial Service sector, including the areas of freight forwarding and logistic services, shipping agencies, airlines GSA, distribution and travel agencies alike. The Bangladesh High Court on September 26, 2012 imposed an injunction on granting registration, licence, permission or work permit to any new foreign […]

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RMG sub-contractors continue operations violating existing laws

Business for about 800 non-compliant ready-made garment (RMG) factories in Bangladesh goes on violating existing social, environmental and safety laws after more than a year and half of the Rana Plaza disaster which killed 1,135 innocent people. As sub-contractor these factories continue production for the global retailers and brands in very poor working condition and safety records through better presented factories. The Bangladesh ministry of […]

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Maternity Benefits in Bangladesh

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Women, performing manual and physical (other than intellectual, administrative, supervisory or managerial) labour in Bangladesh are entitled to 16 weeks of Maternity Benefits. The terms and conditions of employment, including the Maternity Benefits, of the female staff at the intellectual, administrative, supervisory or managerial positions should be regulated in the employment contract. In the latter half of […]

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Korean Export Processing Zone at serious risk

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Instead of handing over the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) to the investor, the government of Bangladesh plans to take back […]

Dhaka needs to remove its rocky anti-FDI atmosphere

Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Yun-young

Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Lee Yun-young has said Bangladesh should come out from protectionism and open up its market […]

‘Welfare Associations’ to negotiate for rights at Bangladesh EPZ

The Government of Bangladesh today approved, in principle, draft of a labour law for Export Processing Zones (EPZ) with the provision […]

Return of GSP seems far off – a lot more must be done

Bangladesh’s progress in implementation of the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity (the Action Plan) which provides a […]

Bangladesh halts shutdown of “unsafe” factories

The Bangladeshi government is refusing to shut down garment factories declared unsafe, following a row with independent inspectors over the […]

Yawning gap between pledges and delivery to Rana Plaza victims

Many Rana Plaza victims are yet to receive the promised compensation from the government and retailers, nine months after the […]