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DHAKA - A high level US delegation led by the State Department's Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will visit Bangladesh this weekend to press for a major overhaul of labour safety regulations following the nation's deadliest industrial accident, an official said Wednesday.
The collapse of a nine-storey factory complex housing several garment units outside the capital last month killing 1,127 workers has brought to fore the appalling safety conditions in Bangladesh's 4,500 garment factories.
During the two-day visit, the US delegations will meet officials in the Bangladesh government.
"They'll talk about labour law reforms and what is the best way to proceed," US ambassador Dan Mozena told reporters here Wednesday.
"They'll talk about fire safety standards -- a minimum standard for every factory. They'll talk about minimum structural soundness standards," he said.
If the proposals are accepted, "it will become the largest 'better work' programme in history", he said.
US firms are among the leading garment importers from Bangladesh, which has emerged as the largest garments manufacturing hub after China. Ahead of the US move, the European brands have already made it clear that unless the work conditions are improved they would stop procuring garments from Bangladesh, while EU has threatened to stop the liberal trade policy accorded to the Asian nation. ...
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