Dhaka, Bangladesh
Big project on the cards to boost informal sector: Secy

Big project on the cards to boost informal sector: Secy

The Industries Ministry will undertake a big project for boosting contributions of the informal industrial sector to the national economy, said Industries Secretary Mohammad Abdullah on Saturday, reports UNB. "Under the project, initiatives will be taken to improve the work environment and create sector-based skilled manpower after identifying potentials and problems of the informal sector," he said while addressing a workshop in a city hotel. International Labour Organization (ILO) and Informal Sector Industry Skills Council (ISISC) jointly arranged the workshop on Informal Economy of Bangladesh: Consolidate Dynamisms and Role of ISISC, said a PID handout. Noting that some 20 lakh youths enter the country's job market every year, the secretary said it is not possible to create employments for such huge jobseekers only in the public sector. "But it'll be possible to help them get employment through providing them with training under the public-private initiatives," he said. Abdullah said some 66 percent of the country's population is workforce and they need to be brought under technical training to turn them into skilled manpower for increasing the country's economic capacity. Speakers at the workshop said 87 percent out of the country's total manpower are working in the informal industrial sector. They have limited scope of getting training to improve their skills, having decent work environment, job security and getting legal acknowledgement. So, their contributions to the national economy remain uncounted, they added. ISISC Chairman Mirza Nurul Gani presided over the workshop while its Member Secretary Md Mahbubul Islam and ILO Programme Officer Tanjil Ahsan presented two keynote papers. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Skills Development Council Secretariat ABM Khorshed Alam, SME Foundation Managing Director Md Shafiqul Islam, ILO Chief Technical Advisor Snehal Soneji and UCEP Bangladesh CEO Tahsinah Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.

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