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Tofail slams US Congressmen

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday criticised six US Congressmen who in a recent letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed concern over alleged intimidation and harassment of labour activists in Bangladesh. “Sending such a letter to the Prime Minister is indecent. I hope they [the Congressmen] will not interfere in our internal affairs,” the minister told reporters after a meeting with US Ambassador Dan W Mozena at his secretariat in Dhaka. “Still, I am sending letters in a couple of days...

Stop harassing labour activists

Six US Congressmen have expressed serious concern over an increased intimidation and harassment of labour activists, while Bangladesh is working to restore the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility to the American market. Last year, the US suspended Bangladesh's trade benefits under the GSP, citing Bangladesh's failure in ensuring internationally-recognised worker rights. Bangladesh used to export 0.54 percent or $26 million of its total export to the US a year under the GSP scheme, which allows different countries' zero-duty benefit to...

US unhappy over progress in GSP action plan

Two US congressmen have written a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressing dissatisfaction over Bangladesh's progress in a US-prescribed action plan for regaining GSP in the American market. In the letter sent on Wednesday, on the eve of the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, they called for improving working conditions in factories. The congressmen are Sander M Levin, ranking member of committee on ways and means, and George Miller, a senior democrat member of committee on education and...

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