Lunch Report on “Dhaka Summit on Skills, Employability, and Decent Work 2016”



“Dhaka Summit on Skills, Employability, and Decent Work 2016”

Held on December 11-13, 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

“Dhaka Summit on Skills, Employability, and Decent Work 2016” was held on December 11-13, 2016 with the objective of effective strategy development for skills development required for achieving the national socio-economic development goals. The summit was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on December 11, 2016 at Osmani Memorial Hall, and the discussions continued on December 12-13 at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon, 2016 followed by a closing ceremony.

The event was organized jointly by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF), and National Coordination Council for Workers Education (NCCWE), with ‘a2i’ Programme under Prime Minister’s Office, as the co-organizer. It was supported by the ILO, World Bank, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the government of the Netherlands, Canada, the UK, and the EU, BGMEA, BKMEA, and other employers. Centre for Policy Dialogue cooperated as the knowledge partner.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, MP, inaugurated the summit. Mr. Guy Ryder, the Director General of the ILO, hon’ble ministers for education, expatriates’ welfare, and labour and employment, representatives of employers and workers, diplomats, and representatives of development partners spoke on the inaugural session. The 3-day summit had 4 technical sessions, where industry experts, government officials, employers, workers, researchers, think tanks, and development partners participated and discussed various issues at length. The closing ceremony was presided over by the Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, MP, accompanied by Hon’ble Minister for Commerce, Mr. Tofail Ahmed, MP. The State Minister for Labour and Employment was also present at the closing ceremony.

The discussions at the Dhaka Skills Summit centered on the following four focus areas: Skills, Employability, Decent Work, and Social Dialogue. Six papers/presentations on these four thematic areas were prepared and presented by eminent researchers and experts from home and abroad during the summit.

The speeches of the Prime Minister, Director General of ILO, all ministers, and other dignitaries, research papers and keynote presentations, and summary of the discussions at the technical sessions along with photographs, and the detailed text of the key recommendations titled, “Dhaka Skills Declaration” are published in the report.