The International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) are to work more closely together in Bangladesh on the issues of migration and labour rights.
A cooperation agreement was signed in Dhaka yesterday (25 May) by ILO Bangladesh country director Srinivas Reddy, and IOM Bangladesh chief of mission Sarat Dash. 

The agreement will involve both agencies implementing their programmes in Bangladesh in the field of migration and labour rights through strategic partnerships and joint activities. Support will also be provided to the Government of Bangladesh to achieve its commitments to regional and international forums and frameworks on migration and employment.

"ILO and IOM share a vision and commitment to improving the lives of workers in Bangladesh, especially those who migrate to find a better future for themselves and their families," Reddy said.
The signing ceremony was organised on the sidelines of a discussion on 'Maximising the Potential of Labour Migration through Skills Development and Accreditation', organised by IOM and ILO. The discussion focused on the increasing priority on skilled workers by the Government of Bangladesh and how this could be supported to also include labour migrants. 

"This partnership will help us to pull together the strength of both agencies to serve our clientèle better," added Dash.