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Over 7 lakh workers get jobs abroad this year

Bangladesh has sent over 7,04,078 overseas workers abroad with employments and received $ 12,651.04 million as remittance this year that contributed significantly in the socioeconomic advancement of the nation.

"Overseas employment is a very important aspect in socioeconomic life of Bangladesh," an official of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry told BSS today.

He said the overall manpower export from Bangladesh is expected to witness a robust growth in the next year as the officials say as many as 7,04,078 workers have got overseas jobs till December 6, 2016.

"With sincere efforts and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has sent as many as 41,36,736 workers to 69 countries till December 6, 2016 from 2009 and received $ 1,04,751.27 million as remittance, the ministry official said.

According to date in the ministry, the government has also undertaken projects to install five more Institute of Marine Technologies at Munshiganj, Sirajganj, Chandpur, Faridpur and Bagerhat and 30 more vocational training centres at various places aimed turning manpower skilled and semi-skilled.

The government provided training to 3,35,836 workers including 1,05,519 during the fiscal year 2015-2016 through 62 training centres aimed at getting jobs home and abroad, it said. Besides, 6,84,537 overseas job seekers went abroad with employment from July 2015 to June 2016, while the country received $ 14,931.16 million as remittance.

The ministry data also said the country sent over 1,04,02,765 overseas workers abroad with employment that contributed significantly to the socio-economic advancement of the country.

Meanwhile, the government has undertaken various projects to building skilled and semi-skilled manpower aimed at getting more overseas jobs for them easily.

The government declared the overseas employment sector as the "thrust sector" with maximum stress upon further expanding job markets for the Bangladeshi job seekers abroad. The government has also been desperately trying to explore new destinations for its manpower by reducing migration cost and providing necessary training to workers and that got a positive response.

The government set up Probashi Kalyan Bank and Karmasangsthan Bank so that the people who want to go abroad do not need to sell their land or properties.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)