By  on May 8, 2014

DHAKA, Bangladesh — On May 1 last year, soon after the collapse of Rana Plaza, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo led a high-level delegation to Dhaka. Houngbo said that the country needed a permanent social dialogue and, following the visit, the tripartite agreement was unveiled, along with the labor law package to be passed by Parliament, inspections of factories and the hiring of 200 inspectors by the government within six months.

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Returning a little less than a year later, Houngbo was greeted by many of the stakeholders as a “friend to Bangladesh.”  Houngbo, who is deputy director general of the International Labor Organization, told WWD that things were progressing, a clear change in mind-set being one of the driving factors.

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