Garment manufacturers approved a plan Wednesday to end child labor in their industry, after the accord had been modified by two U.N. organizations.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and the Exporters Association will soon sign the agreement with the International Labor Organization and UNICEF, said association president Redwan Ahmed. The governments of Bangladesh and the United States helped broker the deal.
The garment industry is the biggest foreign exchange earner in Bangladesh, employing thousands of children under the age of 14 and exporting $2 billion of garments each year, mainly to the United States.
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