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GSP uncertain

  • Published at 06:09 pm January 7th, 2014

The retaining of GSP facilities of the Bangladeshi products in the US market has become more complex and uncertain in the wake of the government’s utter failures in full filling the pre-conditions set by the US administration.

The government has so far failed to increase the number of the inspectors as per the suggestion made by the US government while it has also been unable to implement the newly enacted labour law and to introduce trade unions in the most RMG units, the issues for which the US government has long been pressing Bangladesh government seriously, according to officials concerned.

Newly formed steering committee on retaining GSP facilities has already examined the status of USTR action plans at a commerce ministry meeting held yesterday with commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed in the chair. Representatives of the meeting also decided to immediately execute the USTR action plan, said an official of the commerce ministry who attended the meeting.

Textile cell of the commerce ministry issued a circular last October to form such a steering committee for regaining the GSP facilities from the US government. One of the influential member of the committee and labour secretary Mikail Shipar told Dhaka tribune the main USTR condition to appoint of the inspectors is still under process as we are waiting for the approval of the public service commission and rules are not yet ready by this time. ‘We will execute several conditions of the USTR action plan within short period of time,’’ he also said .

    As per the USTR action plan the government would employ 200 inspectors within December last year but till now a total of 43 inspectors were appointed. The timeframe of appointment of the inspectors has enhanced after consultation.