Dhaka finds Japan as new destination for women workers

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Dhaka finds Japan as new destination for women workers

DHAKA, Nov 19 (BSS) – Bangladesh has sent 11 female garment workers to Japan as technical intern last week as the Far Eastern nation appeared to be a new manpower market for women workers, officials said today.

“They are the first batch of women workers to go to Japan after they received training for overseas job,” Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan told BSS.

He said after a long gap, the government started exporting manpower to Japan.

He said a private manpower exporting agency, Radias International Limited, recruited the 11 female workers and trained them under a technical intern programme.

Concerned sources said the female workers would draw a monthly salary of US$ 1,500 each. AKM Aminul Haque, managing director of Radias, told the news agency that the legal system in Japan is quite good, and that there is little possibility of exploitation.

“I hope 10 more female workers will fly within a short time,” he said.

Apart from Japan, Singapore for the first time proposed hiring 45,000 female domestic workers from Bangladesh on a pay higher than the Middle Eastern countries.

The government has established at least 38 technical training centers across the country, while private entrepreneurs also set
up a number of technical centers for providing training to workers as well as female workers.

“Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Eng Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain is expected to visit Japan next month,” Dr Zafar said.

During his visit to Tokyo, the minister will talk to his Japanese counterpart about recruiting more technical workers for their industries,” he added.

According to Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) sources, the female workers can go abroad for changing their fortune completing training courses through different training centres.

The sources said Bangladesh usually exports female workers to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Libya.

BAIRA Secretary General Ali Haider Chowdhury said Bangladeshi female domestic workers work abroad, mainly in the Middle East, and earn a monthly salary of Taka 10,000 to 12, 000 on an average.

“Japan needs more female workers and now the destination is open for Bangladesh,” said Khurshid Alam, director general of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET).

He added the government has so far sent over 26,000 women to different countries, including Lebanon, the UAE, Jordan and Saudi Arabia against demand from January to November 18, 2011. In last fiscal year of 2009-2010 the number was 34,000.

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