Recent developments in Bangladesh: - extracts from the exchange of views with Dipu MONI, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh EP Committee on Foreign Affairs

Type: News   Reference: 93866   Duration: 00:03:39  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 30/05/2013   First transmission: 30/05/2013
MEPs of Committee on Foreign affairs held an exchange of views with Dipu MONI, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. The meeting came after last week in Strasbourg MEPs urged Bangladesh to improve its existing labour laws. MEPs have already called for thorough investigations and compliance with health and safety legislation in a resolution adopted earlier this year, pointing to the deadly collusion between local safety inspectors and factory owners. The resolution also called for the fulfilment by all manufacturers with health and safety legislation and the establishment of an effective and independent system of labour inspections and inspections of industrial buildings.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP, Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Dipu MONI, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh entering in to the meeting room 00:00:08
00:00:18 SOUNDBITE (English) Dipu MONI, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh: We did recognised that the fastest growth of te industry in the recent years and the practice of subcontracting led to emergence of factories witch are not compliant to environmental and various safety measures. This need to be corrected. Here Bangladesh government shares the concerns of the EU . Every life is precious to us". 00:00:21
00:00:39 SOUNDBITE (English) Dipu MONI, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh: "Reforms costs. Workers rights and social independent monitoring groups estimate a requirement of 3 billion US dollars for all the factories to be fully compliant. While the figure might sound staggering , if we spread it over 5 years it will be only 10 cents more for each unit of the 7 billion pieces that we will be exporting to our clients. I believe consumers in the west are ready to pay this modest increase, or even a little more for the millions of women who stitch for them in a distant land". 00:00:40
00:01:19 SOUNDBITE (English) Dipu MONI, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh: "At the time when Bangladesh is about to take off social and economical, we are seeing strange and sudden rise of forces who are questioning the basic ethos of the state and nation in our land. this happens in a time when European business and manufacturing industries also started taking rightful cognisance of Bangladesh, which is most eminently indicated by a range of visits by the European business delegations". 00:00:26
00:01:45 SOUNDBITE (English) John ATTARD-MONTALTO (S&D, MT) : "Raising the minimum wage will enable those people who have invested in the manufactory industries to curry out what is important for health and safety reasons". 00:00:17
00:02:02 SOUNDBITE (English) Michael GAHLER (EPP, DE) "When the social and economic conditions for large parts of the populations are as they are, and the current government doesn't deliver in - the eyes of the voters - than they will turn radical. This is a fact all over the world". 00:00:17
00:02:19 SOUNDBITE (English) Michael GAHLER (EPP, DE): Thre there for labour standards of the ILO? , is that part of your legal framework, are you full member of the ILO , and did you subscribed to the labour standards? Are the laws allowing to organise trade unions ? Will that definitely be implemented and also a minimum wage will also be part of the whole framework? 00:00:30
00:02:49 SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE) "We realise that we, as consumers, in Europe, also have a responsibility and that our companies there, also have their part of responsibility". 00:00:11
00:03:00 SOUNDBITE (French) Véronique DE KEYSER (S&D, BE) : "Do you have on your legislations a law concerning the subcontractors in the drama you have had we've seen that there were several levels of subcontracting, and it has been difficult to actually find out who is the true responsible". 00:00:19
00:03:19 Cutaways (5 shots) 00:00:20
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