A three -day annual conference of the labour welfare attaches posted in Bangladesh missions abroad began in the capital city on Tuesday.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Imran Ahmad inaugurated the conference at Probashi Kalyan Bhabhan.
During the conference, at least 38 labour attaches posted at missions in 29 countries were getting fresh orientation about the government’s priorities on workers’ migration and welfare issues.
Speaking as chief guest EWOE minister Imran Ahmad urged the labour attaches to play economic role and increase the overseas employment for the country’s migrant workers.
He also asked the labour attaches to maintain good communications with big companies at the destination countries to explore demand of jobs of the workers.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Anisul Islam Mahmud who was speaking as special guest said that poor migrants were sending back remittances home and they should be benefitted by the government.
He hailed the government for providing two per cent incentives to the remittances senders.
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) president Benjir Ahmed MP said that number of labour attaches in proportion with the migrant workers was very poor and their number and budgets should be increased to strengthen the labour wings abroad.
EWOE ministry secretary Rownaq Jahan who was presiding over the inaugural session requested the BAIRA leaders to extend their cooperation to strengthen the migration governance.
Wage Earners Welfare Board director general Gazi Mohammad Julhas informed that labour attaches played important role in repatriating about 5000 dead bodies of Bangladeshi migrant workers from the destination countries.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza described the jobs of labour attaches as greatest jobs in the world as they were ensuring welfare of the people.
In his opening remark, EWOE ministry’s additional secretary for missions Ahmed Munirus Saleheen said that over one crore Bangladeshi migrants were employed in 170 countries and they were sending back annually $16 billion.
But a total of 38 labour attaches were posted at Bangladesh missions in 29 countries, he said, adding that those labour officials could play important role in implementing Global Compact on Migration.