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Mozena: April 15 crucial for RMG

Update : 05 Mar 2014, 08:07 PM

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena said April 15 and 24 were crucial to the readymade garment sector of Bangladesh.

He made the remark at a meeting with secretaries and  ambassadors at the commerce ministry Wednesday.

“April 15 is the deadline by which the government of Bangladesh and others has to submit data to those who are reviewing restoration of GSP, the generalised system of preference. April 24 is a critical date as Rana Plaza building collapsed on that day,” Mozena said.

Rana Plaza tragedy, the biggest industrial disaster in Bangladesh’s history, saw over 1,100 people killed.

Of them, most workers were women garment workers working in the building.

Washington suspended GSP facility for Bangladesh in June last year and its next review will be held in May.

“All of us are working together to bring the industry to international standard in terms of fire safety, factory structural soundness and workers’ rights,” Mozena said.

About workers’ rights in export processing zones, he said they had discussed the issue and analysed what steps could be taken to ensure it.

Secretaries of commerce, foreign and labour, ambassadors of European Union, Canada, Spain and Netherlands were present in the meeting.

Diplomats and ILO representative Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed told reporters there was substantial progress made to retain US generalized system of Preferences (GSP) facilities for action plan.

 Appointment of inspectors and garment factories data would be completed within 31 March and the complete report would be send to USTR within April 15, he also said.

USTR will review the report to regain GSP facilities to Bangladeshi exporters in June. 

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