Ambassador Momen pointed to 100 new SEZ being set up by the government
The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to UN, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, has highlighted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's initiative to empower people by providing decent work for all.
At a high-level event on "The Future of Work to Commemorate ILO Centenary" at UN Headquarters, Ambassador Masud said:"Bangladesh is on the path of graduating from the LDC category; and at this critical juncture, the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed the importance of achieving decent work for all as a vital factor to empower people and ensure inclusiveness and equality," on Thursday.
Focusing on the principle of Bangladesh's labour policy, the Ambassador said:"An exploitation-free, discrimination-free, and socially just Bangladesh was envisioned by our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and our national labour policies reflect that principle.
"Our development plans, policies, and initiatives are aimed at reducing informality, making workplaces safer, and providing better wages and social protection."
He mentioned that the government has been regularly revising the minimum wage for our ready-made garments workers and has also taken initiative to create more job opportunities for women, people with disabilities, and vulnerable communities, reports UNB
He added:"To create a hundred million jobs by 2030, one hundred new Special Economic Zones [SEZ] are being set up by Sheikh Hasina's government; and the Government is promoting SMEs to create decent job opportunities — particularly for the youth and women."
Ambassador Masud presented the "Digital Bangladesh" initiative as a step to the future of work in Bangladesh.
Mentioning the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)—which may negatively affect the job market in weak economies and countries undergoing structural transformation—he said: "The ILO can carry out broad consultations with governments, employers, trade-unions, and leading tech-firms to come up with a roadmap about how to manage technology as a great enabler of development while ensuring a just society."
UN General Assembly president Fernanda Espinosa convened a special session of the ILO Centenary.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and Director-General of ILO Guy Ryder spoke at the special session; while ministers, ambassadors, and representatives from member states and employers and trade unions representatives from international organizations attended. They recognized the role of the ILO in creating social justice across the world.
The events of ILO's 100th anniversary commenced on 10 April and will continue till 11 April 2019.