Events and meetings

The ILO Office in Bangladesh organizes and takes part in various meetings, seminar, conferences and workshops. More information about the events listed below can be found by clicking on the relevant link, or by contacting the Dhaka office. Email


  1. Centre of Excellence for Leather (COEL) trained nearly 12000 people

    14 December 2014

    Dhaka: The Centre of Excellence for Leather (COEL) has trained close to 12,000 persons in leather sector as Machine Operator, Supervisor and Machine Maintenance Technician. Employment rate for these newly trained people stands at a staggering ninety-five percent, seventy percent of whom are women. All these 12,000 were registered as apprentices with the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) and received certificates recently.

  2. Workplace cooperation in the RMG sector is vital to boost productivity

    29 November 2014

    Leaders and top management of the RMG sector enterprises participated in a consultation meeting on workplace cooperation organized by the International Labour Organization

  3. Second skills governance training workshop for skills development professionals held in Sylhet

    27 - 30 November 2014

    Capacity strengthening workshops for professionals in the skills development sector continued in Sylhet Engineering College from November 27-30, 2014. The goal of the second workshop was to develop monitoring tools to measure the progress of implementation of the National Skills Development Policy in each of the participating agencies.

  4. EU ambassador visits Barisal welders supported by ILO

    18 November 2014

    Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation Pierre Mayaudon included a visit to Barisal School and College during his first significant field visit outside of Dhaka on 18 November 2014. At the school he toured the welding lab which was equipped by the ILO-implemented, EU-funded TVET reform project.

  5. Training on the Classification System Application

    17 November 2014

    ILO is pleased to share that after extensive collaboration with a rage of stakeholders from June onwards the Code of Conduct and the Classification System for the recruitment agents are finalized. The planning, development and validation process has been undertaken under the leadership of the Director-general of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) who heads the Technical Committee for the Development of the Code of Conduct and Classification System for the Recruitment Agents.

  6. Workshop on Recrutiment Agencies and International and National Partnerships

    12 - 13 November 2014

    Private employment service providers, called the recruitment agents in Bangladesh, have been one of the lead actors in international job placement of low- to semi-skilled Bangladeshi workers in the international labour market. Given the profile of the client-group, the recruitment agents are expected to do more and better with less resource. There is a consensus among people and policy-makers that employment services are essential for Bangladeshi job-seekers but there is critical need to reform the recruitment practices and professionalize service delivery. As a result, the model of recruitment agents as being “manpower exporter” is no longer desirable. There is a consequent need for the recruitment agents to gradually move to a role as a genuine employment service provider, that includes the role as the co-ordinator/promoter of networks of different service providers within Bangladesh and between Bangladesh and a country of destination.

  7. Workshop on regional and bilateral cooperation among the civil society organizations (CSOs)

    10 - 11 November 2014

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing a two-day-training workshop on regional and bilateral cooperation among the civil society organizations (CSOs). The non-governmental and civil society organizations, including the trade unions, have a key role in the ILO Agenda for Fair Migration. The Annex II to the ILO Multilateral Framework on Labour Migration lists examples of good practices indicating how Governments, social partners (employers and workers organizations), as well as NGOs, have put in practice the principles of labour migration policies. This workshop is an attempt to motivate the CSOs to consider ways they could collaborate to bring out the regional profile of labour migration, particularly, low-skilled workers migration, from South Asia.

  8. All hands to the pump: ILO helps boost capacity of the Bangladesh fire service

    19 - 23 October 2014

    Bangladesh’s Fire Service and Civil Defence Department plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of the nation’s vast Ready Made Garment sector.

  9. First skills governance training workshop for skills development professionals held in Comilla

    16 - 19 October 2014

    Capacity strengthening workshops for professionals in the skills development sector started in Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development in Comilla from October 16-19, 2014. The goal of the first workshop was to bring the focal points from government ministries, departments and institutions involved with skills development together in a single forum to discuss the National Skills Development Policy.

  10. Fixing factories: workshop looks at remediation in the RMG sector

    16 October 2014 - 16 October 2016

    The collapse of Rana Plaza with the death of 1,136 garment workers in April 2013 resulted in the urgent need for Bangladesh’s approx. 3,500 Ready Made Garment factories to be checked for structural and fire safety.

  11. First Competency Based Training for RMG Enterprise Trainers/Assessors held in Bangladesh

    13 - 18 September 2014

    Selected trainers and assessors working in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) industry learned how to introduce Competency Based Training to workers 13-18 September 2014.

  12. Train the Trainers workshop for Senior Master Trainers on the Essentials of Occupational Safety and Health in Ready-Made Garment Sector

    11 August 2014

    Train the Trainers workshop for Senior Master Trainers aims to create better understanding of OSH among employers of Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Sector, mid and senior level management RMG factories, fire and safety instructors are attending a four day training programme on OSH.

  13. Workshop on labour rights awareness in the leather sector

    21 July 2014

    Over 30 participants form the leather sector participated in a day long workshop aimed at designing education programme for the workers of the sector. The workshop was jointly organized by the Promoting Fundamental Rights and Labour Relations in Export Oriented Industries (FRLR) project of International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Tannery Workers Union.

  14. 125 Labour Inspectors Completed Training by the ITC-ILO

    26 June 2014

    Newly trained Labour Inspectors of the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) of the Government of Bangladesh will be awarded certificates at an event to mark the successful completion of the ITC-ILO training.

  15. Labour Inspection Management Workshop

    23 - 24 June 2014

    Labour Inspection Management Workshop will shed light on the organizational structure and the business processes of the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments of the Government of Bangladesh aimed at improving capacity of the labour inspection system.

  16. Extend Social Protection: Combat Child Labour

    12 June 2014

    Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Government of Bangladesh took the lead to observe World Day Against Child Labour 2014 in collaboration with ILO, Trade Unions, UNICEF, Save the Children in Bangladesh, Manusher Jonno Foundation and Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum under the theme Extend Social Protection: Combat Child Labour.

  17. National Workshop on Findings of “Profiling Survey of Returning Migrant Workers of Bangladesh” Held

    1 June 2014

    International Labour Organization (ILO) organized a national workshop aimed at sharing the preliminary findings of the “Returning Migrant Workers Profiling Survey.” The workshop focused on the planning social and professional reintegration of the returning migrant workers.

  18. Participatory Planning Workshop on Managing Occupational Safety and Health at Workplace in the Ready-Made Garment Industries

    26 May 2014

    A day long planning workshop on OSH will be held with stakeholders and industry insiders from the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Industry aimed at in-depth analysis of intervention plan and understanding of the ground realities at the factory level

  19. District Level Training Facility for Migrant Workers Recommended

    18 May 2014

    Core Technical Group for the Standardization of the Pre-departure Orientation Services made recommendation for decentralization of training for migrant workers and spreading the facility to district level.

  20. ILO to launch major project aimed at achieving better trained and qualified workforce in key industry sectors

    15 May 2014

    The ILO will launch a major project of CAD $19.5 million aimed at achieving a better trained and qualified workforce in key industry sectors in order to contribute to decent work, sustainable economic development, poverty reduction, and social inclusion in Bangladesh. ‘Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project’ is a five year long initiative of the Government of Bangladesh funded by the Government of Canada.