Govt Plans to Export 400,000 People
Sunday, 31 October 2010

The government has fixed a target to send 400,000 labourers abroad this year.

Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment secretary Zafar Ahmed on Sunday said told a workshop on safe immigration in Dhaka that last year about 475,000 Bangladeshis immigrated with job. This year the target was cut down to 400,000 due to global recession and other problems.

The secretary also said that the remittance of Bangladeshi immigrants constitute 30 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). But recently manpower exports have been on the decline.

The government has already set up specialised labour services branch in 13 countries and a new one is about to start operating in Italy. The initiatives will shore up labour market, the secretary hoped.

Ahmed said that the government has allocated Tk 700 million to explore manpower market and developing manpower management and plans to allocate a further Tk 700 million for the same purpose.

There is already a plan for an immigrant welfare bank. Ahmed expressed hope that once the bank starts working, it will play a significant role. It will provide cheap loans for outbound labourers.


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