SGRA Project in Bangladesh (April)

Scene of the 1st Central Roundtable meeting

JILAF visited Dhaka from April 5 (Friday) to 10 (Wednesday) on the occasion of the fiscal 2019 start in Bangladesh 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). Discussions focused on annual plans and specific activities based on the fiscal 2019 project policy.

In Bangladesh, the SGRA project is being conducted mainly by the Central Roundtable (RT), consisting of representatives of government, labour, and management in Bangladesh (the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bangladesh Council of the International Trade Union Confederation [ITUC-BC], and Bangladesh Employers’ Federation [BEF]), as well as the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Working Group (WG), consisting of national coordinators from the six organizations affiliated to the ITUC-BC; and Regional Working Groups (RWGs), consisting of representatives of local government, labour, and management in the districts of Dhaka, Bogra, Khulna, and Chittagong, where the project is being implemented.

At the 1st RT meeting of fiscal 2019, the participants looked back on the achievements and issues of the project in fiscal 2018 and confirmed annual plans and specific activities based on the project policy affirmed in the report of the fiscal 2018 SGRA International Tripartite Meeting (ITM) and the third meeting in fiscal 2018 of the RT on January 28, 2019.

The main points made at the meeting included (1) organization through SGRA cooperatives (somobae somity); (2) vocational skills development and training menus, etc. taking account of the needs of each district and the activities of cooperatives; (3) enhancement of BEF job-matching activities for SGRA network members and subsequent follow-up, including the employment status of participants; (4) implementation of internal audits, etc. toward the further management and operational autonomy of somobae somity cooperatives; (5) the holding of Training of Trainers (TOT) seminars with a view to collaboration with the ILO and other organizations; and (6) the understanding of outcome results through the implementation of questionnaires.


04/05Fri1st RT meeting

Photos of the Participants

Participants hold discussions.