Dhaka, Bangladesh
Overseas, local jobs both on downturn

Overseas, local jobs both on downturn

Retraining seen as a remedy

News Report: Bangladesh has continued to witness a decline in manpower export over the last two years while employment in the domestic industrial sector decreased to 16.1 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the manufacturing sector. However, employment of female workers in the country's agricultural sector rose to 70 per cent, as per a disclosure in the closing session of a workshop Thursday. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the two-day media camp in the context of SDGs Achievements at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium in Savar upazila of Dhaka district. Among others, CPD fellow Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, CPD fellow and economist Prof Mustafizur Rahman, CPD Executive Director Fahmida Khatun, CPD research director Khandaker Golam Moazzem, CPD course coordinator Towfiqul Islam Khan, CPD training organizer Avra Bhattacharya, prominent journalists ZI Mamun, Asjadul Kibria and Aminur Rashid spoke at the function. Speakers said lack of training facilities, skills and proper knowledge of technology are the main reasons for the fall in manpower export. Dr. Fahmida Khatun said, "Due to evolution of technology, women are losing opportunity to rule the readymade garment sector. They need to be trained in tech-knowledge to face the latest industrial revolution." CPD research director Khandaker Golam Moazzem said steps should be taken so that a woman worker can work without any fear at her workplace. An estimated one crore Bangladeshis working abroad sent home around $15 billion last year, which experts say could be much higher if the malpractices in recruitment were checked and migrant rights ensured. Anomalies have also resulted in the restrictions in some markets like Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. The job market in the Middle East, the largest one for the Bangladeshis, is also shrinking because of their priorities on creating jobs for their own people in troubled economy. "We need to clearly analyse these trends and devise strategies how to deal with the situation emerging," said CPD ED Fahmida. Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya explained the need to better understand the complex realities of Bangladesh through the lenses of LDCs and SDGs. He said media can play a critical role in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing public oversight through objective and effective reporting on delivering the international development agenda. Economist Prof Mustafizur Rahman also emphasised the role of media in the multi-stakeholder approach to the SDGs.

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