Visiting Chief of General Staff (CGS) of the Saudi Armed Forces General Fayyadh bin Hamed Al- Ruwaili on Thursday said Saudi Arabia will always be there beside Bangladesh over Rohingya issue.
Saudi Arabia will continue extending support to Bangladesh over Rohingya issue, he said during a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Fayyadh bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili highly appreciated the role of Bangladesh in Rohingya issue, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim while briefing reporters after the meeting.
General Fayyadh mentioned the cooperation between Saudi and Bangladesh Armed Forces and said it is being enhanced day by day.
The Saudi chief of general staff highly appreciated the training provided by the National Defence College (NDC) in Bangladesh.
"The quality of training of the NDC is very high and we want to continue joining the training," he was quoted as saying.
General Fayyadh explained the Saudi position on Yemen issue and said, "We don't want to go for aggression. We want peace."
He also praised Bangladesh's steps towards combating terrorism.
Fayyadh expressed Saudi desire to join the celebration programmes of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said fraternal conflicts among the Muslim Ummah should be solved through discussions and negotiations. “The benefit of conflicts goes to the arms sellers,” she said.
In this context, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh got provocation over the Rohingya issue. “But we want to resolve the issue through negotiation,” she was quoted as saying.
Mentioning that cooperation between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia will be strengthened further, Hasina said Saudi Arabia has a special place in the hearts of the people of Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister said the cooperation between Bangladesh Armed Forces and Saudi Armed Forces have been multidimensional for training and material supply, especially the support rendered for the development of various training institutions of Bangladesh Armed Forces.
About terrorism, the Prime Minister said the government is creating awareness to combat the menace engaging people from all spheres of society.
PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principle Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman and the Saudi Ambassador to Bangladesh were present.
Mentioning that labour is still often seen as a commodity, Prime Minister's international affairs adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi on Thursday said workers should be equal partners of growth.
"This can be done by giving them (worker) equitable share of the wealth they create," he said.
Dr Rizvi was addressing a national dialogue on the "Future of Work" as the chief guest.
The event held in the city also celebrated 100 years of the ILO. It was jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO.
Dr Rizvi congratulated the ILO on its 100th anniversary and said, “ILO stands prominent by serving humanity for the last century. Today not only do we celebrate what ILO has done but what the organization will do in future."
The national dialogue brought together high-level government officials and representatives from workers’ and employers’ organisations to examine the present conditions of work and employment in Bangladesh, and also to seek solutions for future challenges.
Policy recommendations on the alignment of national legislations with international labour standard, revitalisation of tripartite consultation and social dialogue, eradication of child labour and forced labour, and investment in skills development came out of the national dialogue.
The event was chaired by Begum MonnujanSufian, MP, State Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, according to ILO.
Foreign Secretary MdShahidulHaque, Labour Secretary KM Ali Azam; Secretary of the Ministry of Law Naren Das; Executive Chairman of National Skills Development Authority MdFaruqueHossain; Additional Secretary of Technical and Madrasah Education Division (TMED) AKM ZakirHossainBhuiyan; Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Dr Ahmed MunirusSaleheen; Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), ShibNath Roy; Director General of the Department of Labour (DoL) AKM MizanurRahman; President of Bangladesh JatiyaSramik League (BJSL) FazlulHaqueMontu; Chairperson of National Coordination Committee for Workers Education (NCCWE), Md Anwar Hossain; Member Secretary of NCCWE, DrWazedul Islam khan; General Secretary of JatioSramikJote Bangladesh, NaimulAhsan Jewel; President of Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF), Kamran T. Rahman; Secretary General of BEF, Farooq Ahmed; Committee Member of BEF, Tahmid Ahmed; Deputy Regional Director of ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, PanuddaBoonpala; and Country Director of ILO Bangladesh TuomoPoutiainen were present.
Begum MonnujanSufian spoke about the reform in the labour administration to improve safety, welfare and access to justice for workers.
She said, “I would like to acknowledge the support of the ILO in our journey since 1972. There is increasing use of automation, artificial intelligence and robotics in enterprises. To address the challenges that may rise from these technological changes, harmonious cooperation between workers and employers is important.”
Labour Secretary Ali Azam said the ILO brings tripartite representatives of the government, workers and employers to promote social justice and decent work. "Effective functioning of this tripartite cooperation is essential for achieving equality and sustainability.”
Speaking as special guest, Panudda Boonpala thanked the government of Bangladesh, workers and employers organisations, as well as development partners for working towards decent work in the country.
She said, “We hope that Bangladesh will ratify Convention 138 on the Minimum Age for working and Convention 29 on Forced Labour, and by doing so this nation will complete the ratification of all core labour standards of the ILO.”
Labour leader Fazlul Haque Montu acknowledged ILO’s work in ensuring occupational safety and health, workers’ welfare and skills development.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque wrapped up the programme underscoring the important policy recommendations proposed by the distinguished speakers.
In January 2019, an independent report titled, Global Commission on the Future of Work report was published by the ILO.
The report called for a “human- centred agenda” for the future of work through increased investment in people’s capabilities, strengthening the institutions of work and advancing decent and sustainable work.
These recommendations were reiterated at the National Dialogue on the Future of Work.
A new project on medical waste management, supported by Japanese government, was inaugurated in Rangpur district on Thursday.
PRISM Bangladesh Foundation with support from the government of Japan through Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) implemented it, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Thursday.
PRISM was awarded the grant of $88,626, which is approximately Tk 7 million for the project to install equipment for medical waste management, in association with Rangpur City Corporation (RCC).
Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh Shinto Yasuharu, Mayor of Rangpur City Md Mostafizar Rahman, Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Syed Enamul Kabir, Director, Department of Environment (Rangpur Division) Abul Kalam Azad and Director from PRISM Golam Farook attended the launching ceremony held in Rangpur city.
RCC provided the land to construct the medical waste management plant at their landfill site. There are 240 health care establishments (HCEs) in Rangpur city.
However, there was no facility to deal with the hazardous medical wastes in Rangpur.
On completion of the installation of equipment, PRISM is now capable of collecting medical wastes from the HCEs and managing them accordingly.
Japan has supported 193 NGO projects through its Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) since 1989 with a view to enhancing economic and social human security at the grassroots level.
The total amount of these GGHSP grants extended to NGOs in Bangladesh to date amounts approximately to $ 15 million.
The government brought back 152 Bangladeshis and the bodies of three workers from war-torn Libya on Thursday.
A chartered flight carrying the workers landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 10:30am, said Tanvir Hossain, assistant director of Expatriate Welfare Desk at the airport.
The bodies of three Bangladeshi workers also arrived on the same flight, said Shariful Hasan, chief of Brac Migration Programme.
Details about the deceased could not be known immediately.
A chartered flight was arranged for the workers with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under the supervision of the governments of Libya and Bangladesh, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Libya.
The flight left Misrata International Airport on Wednesday.
Bangladeshis rescued from the Mediterranean and some of those severely injured in airstrikes in Tripoli were also among this batch of returnees.
An air strike in Tripoli on November 18 had killed six people, including a Bangladeshi, according to the envoy there.
The Bangladeshi victim was identified as Abul Hasan alias Babulal, hailing from Rajshahi.
Secretary-General of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim has deeply appreciated various initiatives taken by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government to improve ship recycling standards in Bangladesh.
Lim while addressing seminar on "Ship Recycling for Sustainable Development: Perspective from Bangladesh and the Region" held recently, appreciated the enactment of the Bangladesh Ship Recycling Act in 2018 and said this would help the country build its capacity to meet the provisions of the Hong Kong Convention in the next five years.
He noted that under the project, a series of studies have been completed and training materials developed to boost the safety and environmental standards in the country's ship recycling industry, said the Bangladesh High Commission in London on Wednesday.
The IMO Secretary-General, who visited Bangladesh in 2017 to oversee the "Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling (SENSREC)" project, lauded the commitment of Bangladesh's government to improve further the ship recycling standard.
"Let me express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Bangladesh for the tremendous support to make this project successful and for their continuing efforts in improving the country’s ship recycling practices."
Bangladesh High Commission in the United Kingdom organised the seminar on the sideline of the 30th IMO extraordinary council session being held at the IMO Headquarters in London.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the IMO Saida Muna Tasneem moderated the seminar, which was addressed by a number special speakers and panellists including Norwegian Ambassador to the UK Wegger Christian Strømmen, Chair of Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), IMO Hideaki Saito and Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Shipping of India Vatsalya Saxena.
Director-General of Department of Shipping, Bangladesh Commodore Syed Ariful Islam presented the key-note paper on Bangladesh's ship recycling and shipbuilding industries.
Md. Abdus Samad, Permanent Under Secretary, Ministry of Shipping and the Head of Bangladesh delegation to the IMO Extraordinary Session, chaired the seminar.
In her opening remark the High Commissioner said the world should have a fresh look at the ship recycling, instead of projecting it as dirty industry.
She said some environmental and occupational hazards are merely an aspect on the surface, whereas "from deep insight, the ship recycling industry is inherently a green industry".
The High Commissioner referred to some studies including one of the UNCTAD and noted that Bangladesh alone recycled 47.2% of Word Gross Tons i.e. 8.6 million in 2018 that contributed a lot to global sustainability.
She urged that the global community should be more responsive to come forward and partner with Bangladesh in achieving sustainability for our only one liveable planet.
She said Bangladesh is strongly committed to reducing the local environmental and occupational hazards associated with shipbreaking and thus the government enacted necessary rules and regulation and partnered with international organisations, including IMO to raise the level of environment and sustainability further.