Five-day labour welfare conference 2018 is set to begin in the capital on Sunday aiming at updating the government’s priorities to Bangladesh labour attaches on the migration and labour welfare issues.
A total of 44 labour welfare officials from Bangladesh missions in 28 countries are scheduled to attend the conference to be inaugurated by Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Nurul lslam.
The labour Attaches posted at Bangladesh missions in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Manama, Doha, Mascot, Kuwait, Bagdad, Amman, Male, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Beirut, Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Brunei, Rome, Milan, Athens, Madrid, Geneva, Moscow, Cairo, Port Louis, Tripoli, Pretoria and Canberra will attend the conference at CIRDAP auditorium.
Officials said that during conference, the labour attaches would be given proper orientations about labour migrations and welfare issues. The labour officials would also be asked to explore job markets for Bangladeshi workers abroad, they said.
Migrant rights campaigners welcomed the labour attaché conference as the officials concerned would be given specific trainings.
Migrants’ right campaigner and WARBE Development Foundation secretary general Faruque Ahmed said that that the labour attaches should be properly skilled and migrant workers friendly officials.
The labour attaché can play very significant role at destination countries to ensure safe, orderly and hassle free migration, he observed.
Faruque also a returnee migrant said that before attesting employment demands, the labour attaches should thoroughly investigate into the factories or workplaces to ensure better wages and accommodations for the workers.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, around 1.24 crore Bangladeshi workers have migrated to work in 165 countries across the world since 1976.