The memorandum of Cooperation recently signed between Bangladesh and Japan had created job opportunities to the Bangladeshi workers, said Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Thursday.
He also said that the government has taken steps for preparing more skilled workers up to the standard and demand of the Japanese labour market.
The minister made the remarks while distributing smartcards among the Japan bound technical interns at his office in Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
The technical interns were being to Japan at free of cost by Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training in cooperation with IM Japan, said a press release.
Imran Ahmad said that due to signing of the MoC with Japan a big employment opportunity has been created for the Bangladeshi workers.
He said that the demand of skilled workers would be enhanced in Japan if Bangladesh could continue supplying them to the labour market.
The EWOE minister highly praised the diplomatic efforts and skills of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for opening the labour market to Japan and urged all concerned to sincerely work to achieve target set by the Prime Minister.
Saying that Bangladeshi migrant workers had great reputation in the international labour market, he said that all other closed markets would be opened for Bangladeshi workers following Japan and increased overseas employment
In his address to the outgoing technical inters, the EWOE minister asked them to discharge their responsibility with sincerity and honesty.
Parliamentary shading Committee on EWOE ministry member Moazzem Hossain Ratan MP, senior journalist and adviser to Prime Minister Iqbal Sobhan chowdhury and BMET director general Salim Reza were present at distribution ceremony.
On August 25, Tokyo signed a memorandum of cooperation with Dhaka to recruit skilled workers from Bangladesh, said officials in Dhaka.
Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry secretary Rownaq Jahan and Japanese justice ministry’s immigration service agencies’ commissioner Shoko Sasaki signed the memorandum respectively in Tokyo.
Under the MoC, Japan would recruit skilled workers for its 14 sectors including care-giving, building cleaning management, machine-parts industries, electronics, construction, shipbuilding, automobile and agriculture.
The workers, who were in proficient in spoken Japanese would get priority, said the press release.