3,03,284 workers employed overseas till May 29

The overall manpower export from Bangladesh is expected to witness a robust growth at the year end as the officials say as many as 3,03,284 workers have gone abroad with jobs and many more skilled and semi-skilled Bangladeshis would go during the rest of 2016.

The present government has already established various institutions for building skilled and semi-skilled manpower aimed at getting more overseas jobs for them easily.

“As many as 3,03,284 Bangladeshi workers, who went abroad with jobs, sent home so far $4,769.88 million in remittance till May 29 this year. The government is desperately trying to m workersexplore new destinations for many more,” an official of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry told BSS here today, reports BSS.

He said 5,55,881 skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled Bangladeshi workers went to different countries in 2015 and sent home $15,270.99 million to the greater benefit of the national economy.

The government has declared the overseas employment sector as the “thrust sector” with maximum stress upon further expanding job markets for the Bangladeshi job seekers abroad, the official said.

According to official sources, Bangladesh sent 1,00,01,971 workers to different countries and received $1,53,821.17 million in remittance till May 29, 2016 from 1976. The country also sent over 47,604 female workers abroad with employment in 2016 out of 5,03,591.

The government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as part of its sincere efforts signed government-to-government (G-to-G) deals with various countries for the Bangladeshi workers.

The overseas employment sector achieved such a success as Bangladesh made visible its strong presence in the international forums like Colombo Process, a regional consultative process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour for countries of origins in Asia.

The government is desperately trying to explore new destinations for its manpower by reducing migration cost and providing necessary training to workers and that got a positive response.

Besides, 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.

He said the government set up 47 vocational training centres, four institutes of marine technology across the country for imparting training to a large number of workers and a project has been undertaken to set up over 400 upazila-level vocational training centres for making manpower skilled.