BGMEA representatives recently attended a national dialogue on the “Future of Work” jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO. Prime Minister’s international affairs adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi was attending as the Chief Guest.

Mentioning that labour is still often seen as a commodity, Prime Minister’s international affairs adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi said workers should be equal partners of growth. “This can be done by giving them (worker) equitable share of the wealth they create,” he said.

The event held in the city also celebrated 100 years of the ILO. It was attended by BGMEA Directors Asif Ibrahim, Rezwan Selim and Professor MA Momen. Dr Rizvi congratulated the ILO on its 100th anniversary and said, “ILO stands prominent by serving humanity for the last century. Today not only do we celebrate what ILO has done but what the organization will do in future.”

The national dialogue brought together high-level government officials and representatives from workers’ and employers’ organisations to examine the present conditions of work and employment in Bangladesh, and also to seek solutions for future challenges. The event was chaired by Begum MonnujanSufian, MP, State Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, according to ILO.

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Labour Secretary KM Ali Azam, Secretary of the Ministry of Law Naren Das, Executive Chairman of National Skills Development Authority Md Faruque Hossain, Deputy Regional Director of ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Panudda Boonpala; and Country Director of ILO Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen were present, among others.