The U.S. and Bangladesh are set to sign a Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement on Monday that is said to provide an important mechanism for the two countries to discuss bilateral trade and investment issues, as well as be a forum to pursue cooperative activities.Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler and Bangladesh Secretary of Commerce Mahbub Ahmed are expected to sign the TICFA in Washington. In July, the U.S. and Bangladesh agreed to a Bangladesh Action Plan, along with a statement by the U.S. on “Labor Rights and Factory Safety in Bangladesh.” The USTR said at the time that the implementation of the actions outlined in the plan could provide a basis for the President to consider reinstatement of the Generalized System of Preferences trade benefits for Bangladesh that were suspended in June, which went into effect in September. Apparel and textiles were not covered by GSP, which included imports such as tobacco, sports equipment, porcelain china and plastic products.In dropping GSP benefits, the U.S. cited the severity of Bangladesh’s garment factory safety problems and the inability of Bangladeshi workers to exercise their full range of labor rights.RELATED STORY: Rival Initiatives Find Common Ground on Bangladesh >> The Action Plan provides a list of measures related to fire and building safety, as well as worker rights in the garment industry, export processing zones and the shrimp sector. The TICFA is seen as a structure for both countries to work toward these goals, as well as improve investment and other trade opportunities.Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and committee Democrats released a report Friday calling on global brands and retailers, factory owners and the Bangladeshi government to work to ensure the safety of garment workers by giving organized labor a stronger foothold in Bangladesh. The committee said the U.S. should pressure the Bangladeshi government enact labor law reform and the freedom of association to bargain collectively in implementing the action plan to reinstate GSP benefits, while also calling on the U.S. to increase funding for programs in Bangladesh to improve union organizing and bargaining.On Friday, U.K.-based Edinburgh Woolen Mill, which also owns high-street chains Peacocks and Jane Norman, became the latest company to join the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. The accord is a legally binding agreement that now includes 115 companies and trade unions from 19 countries across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia created to help prevent future factory catastrophes in Bangladesh.
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@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
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"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
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“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)