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
14 - 15 July 2013
Trade reforms and openness have a significant impact on employment, particularly in developing countries. As Bangladesh's economy has become increasingly dependent on trade, the impact of trade on employment in Bangladesh is a subject of great interest but also major concern for the country.
14 July 2013
An inter-ministerial meeting was held by to review the proposed draft of the Overseas Employment Policy 2013. The meeting was attended by 18 ministries, divisions and departments.
11 July 2013
The International Labour Organization (ILO) facilitated a day-long workshop organized by the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) to share the first draft of the proposed Overseas Employment Policy 2013. The initiative comes under the Project “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”, which is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
1 - 2 July 2013
The Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) called upon the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the countries of destination to undertake a collective analysis of the issues that affect labour migration governance on 02 July 2013 at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, Dhaka.
30 June 2013
The Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare an overseas Employment (MEWOE) of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has invited the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), some countries of destination, East Asian countries and the SAARC Secretariat in Dhaka from 01-02 July 2013 to participate in an intergovernmental regional seminar for promoting cooperation for safe migration and decent work.
Training for Trade Unions in International and National Labour Migration Regimes and Policy Frameworks
15 June 2013
On the 15 June 2013, the Labour Migration Project, conducted a day-long training in International and National Labour Migration Regimes and Policy Frameworks for the trade union members of the National Coordination Committee for Worker’s Education (NCCWE)
30 May 2013
The Government of Bangladesh signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on 30 May, 2013 to assist implementation of the Bangladesh country component of the Project entitled Way out of Informality: Facilitating Formalisation of Informal Economy in South Asia for a period of of 5-years (2012-2016). Mr. Md. Ashadul Islam, Additional Secretary (UN, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh and Mr. Srinivas Reddy, Director, ILO Country Office for Bangladesh signed the MOU.
26 - 27 May 2013
The ILO Sub-regional Project titled Way out of informality: Facilitating formalization of informal economy in South Asia is going to organize a two-day Knowledge Sharing and Planning Workshop on 26 and 27 May, 2013 at the Hotel Sonargaon, Dhaka with the key stakeholders of the project.
National level training of government officials on UN human rights instruments, national laws and regulation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts
16 - 17 May 2013
ILO country office for Bangladesh through the project ‘Building Capacities on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples’ Issues in Bangladesh: Rights and Good Practices’ promotes the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples in Bangladesh together with Ministry of CHT Affairs (MoCHTA) organized a two day training for high profile government officials on UN human rights instruments, national laws and regulation of the chittagong hill tracts.
15 May 2013
The first stakeholder consultation to revise the Overseas Employment Policy took place on 15 May 2013 at the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment and was attended by about 65 representatives from civil society organizations, academic experts, workers’ and employer’s organizations.
1 May 2013
On the 1st of May 2013, ie, on the occasion of the Labour Day, the NCCWE members advocated for the recognition of the rights of the migrant workers.
Every skills development programme can include persons with disabilities: 7th plenary session on developing a National Strategy for Disability Inclusion in Skills Development in Bangladesh
13 April 2013
The UN unanimously adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 13th December 2006, which entered into force on 3rd May 2008. Bangladesh was one of the pioneering countries to ratify this Convention and is pledge bound to implement the human rights treaty in its entirety ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities in the country. Five years on we look at the progress which the Government of Bangladesh, supported by the ILO, is making to include persons with disabilities in the national skills development system.
15 - 16 March 2013
Sustainable tourism has been identified by the UN as an effective means to reduce poverty in developing countries. The hospitality and tourism sector is a key potential growth area for Bangladesh, however proper infrastructure, sectoral guidelines and skilled manpower are some of the major areas prohibiting growth.
Fourth Policy Working Group Meeting on “The RMG sector in Bangladesh: Supplying Globally, Promoting Decent Work Locally”
13 March 2013
12 March 2013
ILO executed Labour Migration project supported Dhaka Ahsania Mission conduct an Orientation Workshop to familiarize project staff and management with the implementation approach and methodology for implementing a pilot initiative to give top-up technical training and impart life skills and pre-departure information to equip the Bangladeshi workers who have made a decision to migrate for work in another country and to support left behind families of the migrant workers.
11 March 2013
The ILO Labour Migration Project office was jointly inaugurated on 11 March 2013 by the Honorable Minister of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) and the Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in the Ministry premises in the Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
25 - 28 February 2013
In developing countries with rapidly expanding economies such as Bangladesh, it is imperative that industrial growth is supported by strong skill development systems that maximize the potential productivity of the workforce. Strong skill development systems require leadership by industry as well as the public sector, and the objective of this workshop is to further develop the leadership skills of key individuals.
20 February 2013
A Comprehensive Systems Review (CSR) of the Bangladesh Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and the Wage Earners’ Welfare Fund (WEWF) is planned by the Ministry of Expatiates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE) under the Labour Migration Project, namely, “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh”, executed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The review is to identify the strengths, good practices and possible areas for improvement. To begin the process in a participatory manner, the ILO's Project Management Team held a consultation with the senior officials of the BMET in Dhaka.
14 February 2013
The 2nd Project Steering committee (PSC) Meeting of the project titled “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” Executed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Held on Thursday 14 Feb 2013 at the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment in Dhaka. The PSC members used the opportunity to review the project progress and gave approval for the planned implementation actions.
6 February 2013
A Tripartite Workshop titled "Building Knowledge-base and Promoting Rights of the Bangladesh Workers on the Move" co-organized by the Human Development Research Centre (HDRC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Dhaka. The workshop included a wide range of stakeholders representing private and public sector banks, civil society organizations, migrant workers associations, international organizations, media and the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE). The workshop was conducted in order to gather information and exchange experiences to inform five comprehensive studies on international labour migration from Bangladesh.