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Govt committed to ensuring safe immigration: Imran

Govt committed to ensuring safe immigration: Imran

HABIGANJ, Sept 14: Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad today said the government is pledge-bound to ensure safe, regular and responsible immigration.
“The government has taken many initiatives in this regard. People have started to reap the benefits of the initiatives,” he said, speaking as the chief guest at a discussion on “Strategic Consultation on Migration Management in Bangladesh” at the “Palace Resort’ at Bahubal upazila in the district.
Imran urged all authorities concerned to work together to face the challenges of safe immigration.
He said the government is taking different training programmes to create skilled manpower. “Around 10 lakh worker were sent abroad in 2017. Around 4.70 lakh workers have already been sent abroad this year. The government wants to send skilled manpower,” he added.
Among others, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Rownok Jahan, Director General of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training Md Selim Reza and Additional Secretary of the Ministry Dr Ahmed Munirus Salehin addressed the discussion meeting, reports BSS.
Another report adds: Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed last month called for suitable initiatives to find new labour markets and increase remittance flow. “There should be initiative to find new labor markets and increase remittance flow… Besides, proper labor migration should be ensured as we want to see Bangladesh as a poverty free country on time,” he said. The Minister was addressing the inauguration programme of the 3-day ‘Labor Welfare Conference-2019? at the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment.
Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment organized the programme with its Secretary Rownaq Jahan in the chair. Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Lawmaker Ayesha Ferdous, Wage Earner’s Welfare Board Director General Gazi Mohammad Julhash and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Director General Md Salim Reza also spoke on the occasion. Referring to steps taken by the present government to create skilled manpower, the minister said the authority concerned would have to monitor the problems and possibilities of the Bangladeshi workers in the international labor market for ensuring a safe workplace.
Meanwhile, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar recently said Bangladesh would take the advantage of Japanese employment market by developing skilled manpower as the country needs huge trained workers in 14 categories.
“Employment opportunity of skilled manpower in 14 categories is available in Japan and Bangladesh would take the advantage by producing skilled human resources through proper training,” he added.
The minister passed the remarks while visiting Ayumu Takahashi, executive president of Agekke Group, Japan, called on him at his ministry office. He said Bangladesh is capable to develop skilled manpower in each category as per the requirement of Japan, and it would also be easy for Bangladesh if Japan provides necessary curriculum for the skilled workforce.
Jabbar said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is determined to turn the young generation into human resources through proper training and education.
The minister told Takahashi the government has been providing training on nine languages, including Japanese, in 65 labs in the country.
Ayumu Takahashi said Japan needs 3.40 lakh manpower in care worker, building cleaning management, machine parts and tools, electric, electronics and information industry, construction, ship building and ship marine industry, automobile repair, aviation industry, accommodation, agriculture, fisheries, food, beverage and food service industries etc.
The Executive President of Agekke Group said Japan would collect this manpower from nine countries through nine Japanese firms. A leader of the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) said that Bangladesh should have short- mid and -long-term strategy to tap manpower market in Japan as the G-7 country is going through shortage of skilled manpower and ageing society. The government of Bangladesh should request Japan to set up a high-end training centre to groom necessary manpower required in the industrialised country, he said. Bangladesh exported a total of 119 skilled workers to Japan during January -July period of the current calendar year. Japan expects to accept up to 345,150 foreign workers in five years under the new visa statuses.
They will include 60,000 people to work in the care-giving business, 53,000 in food service, 40,000 in the construction industry, 37,000 in building cleaning, 36,500 in farming, 34,000 in food and beverage manufacturing, and 22,000 in the lodging industry. Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training officials told News Today that Bangladesh expects to send skilled workers and technical interns to Japan. They said that Japan could be a new destination for ‘our workers’. Instead of sending unskilled labourers, Bangladesh should mull over exporting skilled workers like electricians, carpenters, masons, plumbers, drivers, barbers, painters, health technologists, nurses, doctors, engineers, IT specialists, language specialists to the Southeast Asian country. Bangladesh is looking for new labour markets abroad along with the existing ones aiming to boost the exports of manpower globally.
A BAIRA official said that ‘The government has taken up various initiatives to explore new labour markets besides the traditional market, said high officials of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET). The government has directed foreign missions abroad to explore new labour markets in development countries besides the traditional markets in the middle-east countries, sources said Bangladesh has already opened missions in some countries of South America, Africa and Europe, and a process is underway to open missions in some other countries aiming to expand trade and business. As per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a new division named ‘International Trade, Investment and Technology’ was opened in the Foreign Ministry to bring pace in economic diplomacy to expand trade and investment aiming to increase the country’s GDP growth to 10 percent by 2023, he said. Meanwhile, Croatia last month expressed its interest in recruiting quality human resources from Bangladesh in the near future.

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