This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Today Alan Duncan, the UK’s Minister of State for International Development, arrived in Dhaka to check progress on health and safety standards in the garment industry and how such an important industry for Bangladesh’s economic and social development is supporting its workers, including the many women it employs. He will also press for political dialogue to strengthen democratic accountability.
The minister will also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and other political leaders.
With the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in April, Mr Duncan is keen to see how the garment industry has responded, how it is looking after those affected and improving working conditions to prevent further tragedies. He will meet with people involved in the garment supply chain to discuss progress and challenges remaining.
As the largest bilateral grant donor in Bangladesh, the UK Government is committed to supporting Bangladesh’s development and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
Notes to editors
The Rt Hon Alan Duncan MP was appointed Minister of State for International Development in May 2010. He has been the Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton since 1992.
The Minister of State’s DFID portfolio includes Asia, Caribbean and Overseas Territories, Middle East and North Africa (excluding Syria and Libya), and West and Central Asia (excluding Afghanistan and Pakistan).
Mr Duncan last visited Bangladesh in June 2013. This is his fourth visit in his current role.