LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain today said technical education centers would be set up in all upazilas to develop skilled manpower in the country.
Currently, about five lakh people are going abroad from Bangladesh to work every year, he said speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting organized by the ministry for expatriates welfare and overseas employment in the city marking the International Migrants Day 2015.
Presided over by Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, the meeting was also addressed by State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, MP, International Labour Organization (ILO) Mission Chief Sharat Chandra Das, Secretary of Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment M. Iftekhar Haider and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training Director General Begum Shamsun Nahar.
Marking the International Migrants Day, Khandaker Mosharraf exchanged views with Bangladeshi migrant workers in Oman through video conferencing.
He listened to various problems of the expatriates and informed them about government programmes to resolve those.
The minister said about 96 lakh Bangladeshis are currently working in 160 countries and they are contributing to economic development by sending huge remittances.
Along with men, female workers are also going abroad for work, he said, adding that the government has taken all steps to enhance facilities and reduce sufferings of the expatriates.
Shahriar Alam said the government is taking care of migrant workers in 160 countries through 26 missions.
Nurul Islam BSc said migration is an important issue in view of the socioeconomic context in Bangladesh.
He said the ministry for expatriates welfare and overseas employment is making allout efforts to make the migration process easy.
In the function, Khandaker Mosharraf handed over cheques for stipend money to the children of migrant workers.
Earlier, a colourful rally was brought out from in front of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and it ended coming at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre, where a migrant fair is taking place.- BSS