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Denmark launches new sector programme

To mark the 2nd anniversary for the Rana Plaza disaster, and to launch a new strategic sector initiative, the Embassy of Denmark and the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation hosted a High-Level conference, with more than 200 guests, representing the Danish and Bangladeshi governments, businesses, NGO’s as well as labour and business organisations.

The conference took place at Hotel Westin on the 19th of March, and the Danish for Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mogens Jensen opened the conference.  H.E. Tofail Ahmed Minister of Commerce was Chief Guest, and H.E. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali Foreign Minister and H.E. Mohammad Mujibul Haque State Minister of Labour and Employment graced the occasion as Special Guests.

The conference had a dual focus. Key learnings from the last two years’ multi-stakeholder cooperation in the RMG sector was shared. The second part of the conference focused on the future – on how these learnings can be utilised by other industries in Bangladesh and in other areas of CSR.
“Bangladesh has come a long way since Rana Plaza. The country, the international community and the RMG sector have set new standards and introduced new forms of cooperation, which have not previously been seen anywhere in the world. There is still a way to go. But Bangladesh is already Framing the Future”, says H.E. Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation Mr. Mogens Jensen.
A new strategic government-to-government sector initiative was launched at the conference. The Danish Ministry of Employment and the Danish Working Environment Authority will in the coming 3-5 years work together with the Bangladeshi Ministry of Labour and Employment and other stakeholders to improve the working environment in Bangladesh with a particular focus on occupational health and safety.