DHAKA, 28 JUNE: Bangladesh today termed as “harsh” and “shocking” a decision by the USA to scrap its trade privileges for poor working conditions in factories, saying it has taken concrete measures to improve workers’ safety and rights. “It cannot be more shocking for the factory workers of Bangladesh that the decision to suspend Generalised System of Preferences comes at a time when the government of Bangladesh has taken concrete and visible measures to improve factory safety and protect workers’ rights,” the foreign office said in a statement. Bangladesh was absolutely “respectful of a trading partner’s choice of decisions” but “expresses its deep concern that this harsh measure may bring in fresh obstacles in an otherwise flourishing bilateral trade,” it said. pti