European MPs overwhelmed with RMG sector’s progress

29 Mar,2017


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

European Parliament members on Wednesday acknowledged the massive progress Bangladesh has made in its readymade garment (RMG) sector saying the country can be a leading nation if it can fulfill the standards in human and labour rights.

“You’ve a big opportunity to become a leading nation. There’s a big chance and I think you’re on a good track to use this chance,” European Parliament member Norbert Neuser told reporters before wrapping up their three-day visit here.

The remarks came when Bangladesh is preparing for the annual Sustainability Compact review to be held in May 18 in Dhaka and the annual International Labour Conference of the ILO in June in Geneva.

The Sustainability Compact was launched on July 8, 2013 to promote continuous improvements in labour rights and factory safety in the RMG and knitwear industry in Bangladesh.

“I think I have to change (the impression I had about BD) in a strong way. You’ve done a great job,” Norbert Neuser said adding that it was his first visit to Bangladesh and he was very curious what happened and what was done after the Rana Plaza incident.

The lawmaker having huge experience with other developing countries said they saw lots of ‘really good progress’.

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