Robust growth in manpower export likely next year

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Robust growth in manpower export likely next year

DHAKA, Nov 26 (BSS) – The manpower export is expected a robust growth next year as the government has explored new destinations for skilled and semi-skilled manpower. The destinations include Eastern Europe, Africa.

Official sources said the government desperately tried to explore new destinations to export its manpower to different countries of the world by reducing migration cost and providing necessary training to workers and that got a positive response despite the prevailing global economic recession.

They said Bangladesh sent abroad a total of 13,61,040 people to different countries from January, 2009 to November 22, 2011. This is almost double than the previous BNP-led four party alliance government of 6,90,411 people sent abroad during the same period.

“The number of workers would be doubled next year, as the government’s efforts started yielding positive result to export manpower to the new countries,” Labour and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told BSS today.

The minister said the government is implementing various programmes including training courses on language, welding, electrical devices , pipe fitting, plantation, swing trade, rod binding, to turn the huge population of the country into human resource.

The minister said that some female interns have already been sent to Japan and over 250 skilled garment workers are expected to be sent shortly.

“The government has earlier initiated state to state talks with different countries of the world to reduce migration cost for the interest of job seekers and that has got a tremendous result,” he said adding that government formed a high-powered committee comprising representatives from different ministries to reduce the migration cost.

The state-owned organisation Bangladesh Overseas Employment Services Limited (BOESL) started sending female workers to Korea by Taka 53,000 only and Jordan by Taka 10,000 only.

The overseas workers sent foreign currencies in the country over US$ 31,836.89 million during the two years and ten months period of the present government.

The Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) source said more than 76 lakh Bangladeshi workers are working in 143 countries across the world. Of them, 80 percent are working in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Oman, UAE, Bahrain and Lebanon. The rests are working in Egypt, Brunei Darussalam, Libya, South Korea, Japan and other countries.

The BMET source mentioned that the ministry along with private recruiting agencies sent 4,95,060 workers abroad before the end of November. On an average around 50,000 job seekers are getting jobs abroad each month.

Besides, the government as well as the private agencies sent 24, 413 female workers to different countries, the source added.

The BMET source said the government is now providing training through its 38 training centres to migrant workers and some 35 centres are expected to be established soon to provide training for the job seekers.

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