A JILAF delegation visited the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka from June 24 (Friday) to 27 (Monday) for the purpose of coordination in preparation for the full-fledged start of operations in fiscal 2016 of the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF is implementing with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). In light of discussions at the first meeting of the current fiscal year of the Central Promotion Committee (held on May 7, 2016), the JILAF delegation coordinated with local parties for the implementation of bridging, by which new SGRA network members will be accepted in construction and other training programs operated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) (basic construction training for men, etc.) in Dhaka, Khulna, and Chittagong. The JILAF delegation also visited the Mirpur Vocational Training Institute (MAWTS), which implements ILO-led construction and other training programs in Dhaka.
The JILAF delegation also engaged in coordination with the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) concerning collaboration with the BEF’s job fair, which is scheduled to be held in Chittagong. Specifically, it was confirmed that the job fair would be held for a few days in October–November 2016 and that while priority would be given to new network members in fiscal 2016, coverage would be broadened to include existing network members as well. BEF Secretary-General Farooq Ahmed expressed the BEF’s commitment, saying, “The job fair in Chittagong will just be a test, but if all goes well, we will consider holding more effective events in other regions too.”
|06/24||Fri||Discussions with ?????|
Consultations with the BEF
|06/25||Sat||Discussions with LM|
Consultations with the ILO
|06/26||Sun||Visit to the facility implementing ILO-led construction training in Dhaka|