Dhaka, Bangladesh
Plan to send 1000 workers abroad from each upazila every year

Plan to send 1000 workers abroad from each upazila every year

News Report State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Munnujan Sufian told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government has planned to send 1000 workers from country's backward upazilas to abroad per year. "The government has taken this decision to inspire the expatriation process at the backward upazilas throughout the country," she said, replying to a question from treasury bench member Anwarul Abedin Khan during the question and answer session in the House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. About the export of manpower, the state minister said Bangladesh is now exporting workers to 158 countries. The government has introduced a database on expatriate workers while steps are also being taken to prepare a database on returnees workers. Munnujan said no district quota system is being followed to send manpower to different foreign countries and people of all districts have the scope to go abroad with jobs. Begum Monnujan Sufian on Tuesday said the government is working to construct 91 more technical training centres across the country aimed at increasing the efficiency and productivity of workers. "The government is giving special emphasis on improving the skills of the overseas workers, who aim to go abroad for employment," she said while responding to a starred question from treasury bench member Gazi Mohammad Shahnawaz of Habiganj-1 in the Jatiya Sangsad. Sufian, on behalf of State Minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed, said during the tenure of the present government the number of technical training centres has been increased to 70 from 38. The government has also taken initiative to construct training centres at the upazila level, she added. In the competitive labor market, migration costs of skilled workers are much less compared to the unskilled workers. Besides the salary, opportunities and demand of skilled workers is much higher, she informed the House. Meanwhile, the ministry has fixed the migration cost with 16 countries along with Saudi Arabia and to this end, the government has been campaigning massively through website, mass media, technical training centres and district employment and manpower offices, the state minister said. Meanwhile, the new government must explore new labour market abroad vigorously and increase manpower export following drastic drop in manpower export. The manpower export in the just concluded calendar year dropped by 27 per cent, said high officials of the Bureau of Manpower and Employment and Training (BMET) and leaders of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA). Out of 59,037 workers exported during the period of January, a total of 30,151 got job in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The government will leave no stone unturned in exploring new labour market abroad this year, said a high official of the Bureau of Manpower and Employment and Training (BMET). The manpower export dropped against the backdrop of political tension in the middle-east countries, budget cut in mega projects, economic slowdown and policy of recruiting local manpower in the oil producing countries, said a official of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) said. Bangladesh exported a total of 734,181 workers abroad as against 1008,525 workers exported in previous 2017. As the labour market is squeezing in the middle-east countries, the government should explore new markets in other countries, said a Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) official. Expatriate Bangladeshis sent US$ 7491.29 million remittances during the first six months of the current fiscal 2018-19, which is apparent 8.06 per cent higher than the same period of the preceding year, a Bangladesh Bank (BB) data said. The country received US$6,932.36 million remittances during July to December in 2017-18 financial year, the data added. "The flow of remittances into the country shows upward trend in the current fiscal 2018-19 as the BB has taken measures to streamline the legal channel for encouraging Non Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) to send money to the country," BB Chief Spokesperson M Serajul Islam said. Employment opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will improve within one year as the largest middle-eastern country has announced new investment valued at half a trillion dollars targeting 1.6 million new jobs. In Riyadh, almost half a trillion dollars of investment and 1.6 million jobs are in the pipeline for Saudi Arabia under an ambitious industrial program launched on Monday in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to Arab News. A high official of the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry while talking to The News Today said labour market for expatriate workers will improve as KSA has announced half a trillion dollars of investment. The government will leave no stone unturned in exploring new labour market abroad this year, A slew of deals was announced across four key economic sectors - mining, industry, logistics and energy - at an event held at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel. The National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) is the largest initiative launched under the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to diversify a national economy that was hit hard by the 2014 slump in oil prices. The program aims to transform Saudi Arabia into an "industrial powerhouse," reduce the reliance on imports, and boost the economy. By 2030, the program aims to stimulate investments worth more than $453 billion, increase the value of non-oil exports to $260 billion, and add 1.6 million jobs to the labor market. During the launch event, 37 agreements were signed and 29 others were announced worth a total of $54 billion. The program includes more than 300 initiatives, which 34 government agencies are working to implement, according to a statement released at the event. "The National Industrial Development and Logistics Program is one of the most important programs for achieving Vision 2030, as it moves the Kingdom into a new era of sustainable development, prosperity and economic diversification," said Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy and chairman of the NIDLP Committee. "The mining sector will become a third pillar of the Saudi economy alongside oil and petrochemicals, while we continue to develop renewable energy and explore the diverse opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution through research and innovation." Bangladesh exported 734,181 workers to various counties during the January-December period in 2018 with KSA holding top destination for manpower export with 257,317 workers, followed by Malaysia with 175,927 workers, Qatar with 76,560 workers and Oman with 72,504 workers, according to Bureau of Manpower and Employment and Training (BMET). In 2017, Bangladesh sent 1008,525 workers as against 555,881 workers sent in 2016. However, expatriate Bangladeshis sent US$ 14,294.81 million home during the January-November period, and the total remittance flow during current calendar year may reach US$ 15,500 million. The global lender predicted that an overall energy price recovery from 2015-2016 lows would spur the economies of the six- nation Gulf Cooperation Council to grow by 2.4 percent in 2018 and 3.0 percent in 2019, after a contraction of 0.4 percent last year.

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