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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. One Year after Rana Plaza: Progress Made and Way Forward

    24 April 2014

    A high level discussion and experience sharing programme will be a held to commemorate one year anniversary of Rana Plaza. The Government of Bangladesh and International Labour Organization will jointly organize the programme. The commemoration of one year anniversary of Rana Plaza programme is aimed at sharing experience of last 12 months, progress made so far and to explore the way forward.

  6. Employers’ Round Table on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

    23 April 2014

    A high level discussion on ‘Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining’ will be held in Dhaka to shed light on the issue of trade unions in the ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh. The programme will be jointly organised by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

  7. ‘Orientation Programme for Trade Union Officials in the Ready-Made Garment Industries’

    22 April 2014

    An orientation programme aimed at enhancing the capacity of the trade union officials will be held in Dhaka. International Labour Organization will organize the programme in collaboration with the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE) and IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC).

  8. Using the NTVQF to credential IT workers

    20 April 2014

    On April 20, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Bangladesh Computer Council held a workshop on competency based assessment for IT trainers from sixty-four districts. These IT trainers will learn how to assess the trainees from their districts so that the trainees can get a certificate under the National Technical and Vocational Training Qualification Framework. Such a certificate will strengthen chances for employment and will also provide a pathway for higher level training at a later date.

  9. Need for Pre-departure Information and Training for Migrant Workers Stressed

    6 April 2014

    The second meeting of the Core Technical Group on trainer manuals for pre-departure orientation and training of the Bangladeshi migrant workers held in Dhaka.

  10. UK's Minister Visits Rana Plaza Survivors Rehabilitation Programme

    2 April 2014

    Visiting UK’s Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan expressed his satisfaction at the progress made by the Rana Plaza Survivors Rehabilitation Programme in last one year, during a visit to Savar and termed the stories of the survivors as ‘Inspiring’.

  11. Need for Standardized Pre-departure Orientation Services for Migrant Workers Stressed

    30 March 2014

    First National Consultation on the standardization of Pre-departure Orientation and training course contents for the migrant workers held in Dhaka.

  12. Website of DIFE and RMG Sector Database Launched

    30 March 2014

    Website of the newly upgraded ‘Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishment’ has been launched on 30 April 2014, at an inauguration ceremony held at the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

  13. Language Skills a Key Factor for Migrant Worker’s Empowerment

    19 March 2014

    Returned migrant workers from the Middle-Eastern countries identified language skills as key factor for workers empowerment and in ensuring better working relations with the employer

  14. Fourth Project Steering Committee Meeting of the Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh Project Held

    4 March 2014

    Representatives from sixteen different ministries, departments, and national and international organizations including Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, IOM and UN Women attended the Project Steering Committee meeting held in Dhaka.

  15. Needs assessment for trade-specific Arabic and English language training for the workers completed

    19 January 2014

    ILO executed project has initiated a sub-project titled “Establishing Language Labs at the Technical Training Centres” in partnership with the BRAC Institute of Languages (BRAC-BIL) and the Bureau of Manpower Employment & Training (BMET).


  1. Celebrating Bangladesh’s successes in learning and earning

    14 December 2013

    In 2010, the number of formally-registered apprentices with the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) was 98. By the end of 2012 the number had reached 2392. Now, two programmes are taking apprentice numbers to a new level, with the Centre of Excellence for Leather graduating 6000 apprentices in the leather sector and a partnership between UNICEF, BRAC and the ILO graduating 2000 in the informal sector, with another 1000 starting in 2014.

  2. Awareness Raising & Capacity Building on Legal Framework and Decent Work

    27 - 28 November 2013

    Way out of Informality: Facilitating Formalisation of Informal Economy in South Asia’ project has organized a two day long Training Workshop on Awareness Raising & Capacity Building for the stakeholders of the construction sector in Bangladesh. The aim of the workshop is to enhance capacity of the stakeholders on Legal Framework and Decent Work and will be held on 27 & 28 November, 2013 in Dhaka

  3. Construction Sector: Challenges & Opportunities for Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy’

    21 September 2013

    The ILO Sub-regional Project titled ‘Way out of Informality: Facilitating Formalisation of Informal Economy in South Asia’ facilitated a day long National Workshop on the Construction Sector: Challenges & Opportunities for Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy’ was held on 21 September, 2013.

  4. The panel discussions linked to five ongoing researches of the Project - Promoting decent work through improved migration policy and its application in Bangladesh

    10 September 2013

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and the Human Development and Research Centre organized five panel discussions linked to five ongoing researches. The topics covered: Skills and Certification for the Bangladeshi migrant workers; Cost of Migration and Recruitment for the workers; Remittance contributions of the Bangladeshi migrant workers; Mainstreaming Migration from Gendered perspective into the National Development Plans of Bangladesh; and Bangladeshi Diaspora Contributions.

  5. The Third project steering committee meeting of the ILO labour migration project in Bangladesh

    8 September 2013

    The third steering committee meeting of the Project “Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh” held on 08 September 2013 at the conference room (Level 5) of the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment, Probashi Kalyan Bhaban, Dhaka.