Private Sector Prioritizing Implementation of SDG and Future of Work Findings

BANGLADESH’S private sector is eyeing effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the findings of the ILO’s Global Report on Future of Work. The viewpoint was expressed by the participants at the high level roundtable discussion on “Capacity Development of Chambers of Commerce and Businesses on Implementation of SDGs and ILO’s Global Report on Future of Work Findings in Bangladesh”. Mr. Kamran T. Rahman, President, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), said: “A large number of SDG targets are related to growth, employment, and the delivery of key services such as education, health and sanitation, which cannot be achieved without the active participation of the private sector.” “Our plan involves the major chambers of commerce and trade associations from Bangladesh along with the ILO and the BEF. “All these business organizations should work in tandem to achieve the SDGs.” BEF, along with all major Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations and the International Labour Organization (ILO) organized the event at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) on Sunday, 15 December 2019. A series of similar events by the same organizers focusing on capacity development of the private sector has recently been held in Dhaka, Chattogram, and Sylhet. Chief Guest Mr. Salman F. Rahman, MP – Adviser to the Hon’ble Prime Minister on Private Industry and Investment, PMO, said: “The government is thinking about introducing tax rebates for the private sector as incentives for SDG achievement”. In addition, he also emphasized on skills development in the face of the imminent 4IR and expressed the government’s willingness to explore making coding lessons compulsory in schools. Among others, Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Residence Coordinator in Dhaka, Bangladesh was the Special Guest while Mr. Tuomo Poutiainen, Country Director, ILO Country Office for Bangladesh was the Guest of Honour. In addition to the organizers, representatives from all major chambers of commerce and trade associations attended the roundtable discussion.
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