Date and time: 7 February 2017, 08:30-18:00
Location: Le Meridien Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
The full-day Workshop was designed to promote dialogue and to gather the perspectives of participants on the impact and application of the EU’s Everything But Arms (“EBA”, the arrangement within GSP for least developed countries) in Bangladesh towards integration into the Final Report of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU’s GSP.
The Workshop brought together around 70 stakeholders from government, industry and civil society. Notable ministries/organizations which were represented include: the Ministry of Commerce, Bangladesh; the Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Bangladesh; the United Nations Development Programme, Bangladesh; the International Labour Organization, Bangladesh; the Centre for Policy Dialogue; the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association; the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity; the IndustriALL Council Bangladesh; and the Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon. High level speakers included H.E. Mr. Tofail Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh and H.E. Mr. Pierre Mayaudon, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Bangladesh.
Throughout the Workshop, participants were provided with the opportunity to learn more about the EU’s GSP, to comment on the preliminary findings of the Mid-Term Evaluation with respect to Bangladesh, and to share their views on the impact and application of the GSP. Local experts and government representatives were invited to comment specifically on the trade, economic, social, and environmental impacts of the EBA in Bangladesh. In like manner, representatives from the European Commission and the Project Team shared background information on the GSP, the objectives of the Mid-Term Evaluation, and the preliminary findings of the Evaluation with respect to Bangladesh.
Overall, the Workshop was well-received by the Bangladeshi stakeholders. It featured a good mix of government, industry and civil society stakeholders who were very enthusiastic about sharing their views on the EBA in Bangladesh. This resulted in fruitful dialogue and useful feedback, which was comprehensively recorded by the Project Team.
1. The GSP Evaluation: Objectives and Methodology – Mr. Willem van der Geest, Team Leader, GSP Evaluation Project
2. The Development Impact of EBA on Bangladesh- Mr. Fakrul Ahsan, Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangladesh
3. EBA: Preliminary Findings and Introduction to the Case Study of Bangladesh- Mr. Willem van der Geest, Team Leader, GSP Evaluation Project