Tuomo Poutiainen has taken up his post as the Country Director for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Bangladesh. An immediate report informed that he presented his letter of appointment to Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, M.P on June 3, 2018.

Poutiainen has worked with the ILO for 19 years including spells in the Philippines, Switzerland, Cambodia, Thailand, and Bangladesh. During his time with ILO, he has been involved in community-based development, child labour, indigenous people’s issues, livelihoods promotion and peace and development initiatives.

The report said, in recent years, Poutiainen has specialised in developing and running efforts aimed at addressing working conditions, labour rights and managing industry improvement processes in global supply chains.

Prior to his appointment as ILO Country Director for Bangladesh, Poutiainen was Head of Quality and Factory Services for the ILO/IFC Better Work Programme. From 2014 – 2017, he led ILO’s Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector programme.