Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Tuesday said that Bangladesh considered migration as an integral path to development both for the host as well as the country of origin.
‘The cities and towns that are built up in the Middle East or the factories and services that are being rendered or innovations in USA, are largely the contributions of the migrant and expatriate workers,’ he said.
The minister made the remarks while speaking at a side event titled ‘Policy Forum on Road to Implementing Global Compact on Migration’ side event, jointly organized by foreign ministry and the CSOs for Global Commitment on Migration ( CGCM ) with support from British Council’ PROKAS programme and UKAID at Sheraton Quito.
Momen said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the highest importance to the process of migration. Of late, Bangladesh has been a source, transit and destination country for migration.
‘So we have taken all necessary preparations so that our citizens and the whole society can be better equipped to take advantage of the global understanding through GCM.’
He said that the first UN Migration Network has been established in Bangladesh. ‘So you see that Bangladesh is already leading from inception to implementation.’
Momen said that during celebration of 100th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Bangladesh selected skilled migration as a priority as a part of the nationwide celebration.
The foreign minister urged all Member States to recognize the skills and their levels as per decision of the GCM. ‘We also have a dedicated Ministry for the expatriate Bangladeshis and together with Foreign Ministry, they cater to various needs of our expatriates.’
Speaking as special guest, parliamentarians’ caucus on migration and development chair Israfil Alam MP said that Bangladeshi migrant workers were facing various exploitations in the destination countries.
He called for protection of Bangladeshi migrants from exploitation and ensuring their dignified jobs abroad.
Expatriates Welfare and overseas employment ministry’s additional secretary Dr Ahmed Munirus Saleheen said that his ministry has launched countrywide campaigning programmes to make the people aware about safe migration.
He said that his ministry was working to implement all targets of the GCM to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.
Parliamentarians’ caucus on migration and development members Barrister Shameem Haider Patuary MP and Mahjabeen Khaled, Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) Regional Coordinator William Gois, MFA chairperson Sumitha Shaanthinni Kishna, GFMD Civil Society Days' Chair Colin Rajah and former GFMD chair Roula Hamat also took part in the discussion.,
CGCM member and IID chief executive Syeed Ahamad moderated the sessions, which was also addressed by among others by, foreign affairs ministry director general Nazrul Islam, British Council’ PROKAS team leader Gerry Fox, British Council’s Senior IBP Manager and Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser Shirin Lira, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program chairman Shakirul Islam and Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendra executive director Sumaiya Islam.