Manpower export rises by 40pc

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Manpower export rises by 40pc
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

The country has witnessed a 40 per cent growth in overseas labour markets as about 5.5 lakh local workers went abroad with employment this year compared with 3.9 lakh in 2010.

‘Till today this year around 5.5 lakh workers went abroad that might be nearly six lakh by the last two weeks of the month,’ expatriate welfare and overseas employment secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan told a news conference at the National Press Club on the eve of International Migrants Day.

He said the reason behind the growth was that the government had put its sincere efforts in finding new destinations as well as unlocking the closed overseas labour markets.

‘We have able to start the process of legalising our workers in Malaysia, to unlock Korean market as well as to send workers to some new countries like Japan, Lebanon and Mauritius this year,’ he said.

Admitting that the cost of migration from Bangladesh is comparatively higher than the neighbouring countries, the secretary said they were working with all stakeholders for bringing down the migration cost.

A ministerial committee is working to declare the ceiling of maximum migration cost in a way so that Bangladeshi workers could get back their migration expenses with their first three months salaries in the foreign lands.

‘After declaration of maximum migration cost from the government, no manpower recruiting agency can export workers beyond the government fixed rate,’ he said.

He said the government had established Expatriate Welfare Bank in a mission to finance as well as to check harassment of both intended and working Bangladeshi overseas workers.

The bank, marked as one of the major success of the present government in ensuring welfare of the expatriates, provides loans to the intending overseas workers on the basis of mortgage against job.

Khan said the government had able to bring back 38,000 Bangladeshi workers from war torn Libya in shortest possible time and provided them Tk 50,000 for rehabilitating.

Bangladesh observes International Migrants Day as elsewhere in the world today with the call for ensuring save migration for economic development.

The government has chalked a two-day programme in the capital, all districts and upazilas as well as all foreign missions to observe the day.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the national programme marking the day at Bangabandhu International conference Centre in the capital at 10:00am.

Expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain will chair the inaugural session while foreign minister Dipu Moni will speak as special guest.

A job fair participating by some foreign employers and local recruiting agencies would be held at the venues. Apart from the recruiting agencies, different migration right protection and social welfare organisations will also display their services at the fair to create awareness on safe migration.

Earlier, a colourful rally will be brought out from the south corner of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban leading 8:00am.

On December 4, 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed December 18 as the International Migrants Day.

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