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Skills conference suggests establishment of institute for expertise development

DHAKA, - A three-day skills conference ended here today seeking effective donor supports to establish a separate training institute for developing a more skilled workforce in Bangladesh.

"The (proposed) institute will provide necessary training to the workers, professional groups and management staff for increasing their skills," Finance Minister AMA Muhith said while addressing the concluding session of the conference, opened three days ago by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said the government extended all sorts of support under the Seventh Five Year Plan to help develop a skilled workforce as part of which a Taka 100-crore fund was launched by now for human resource development.

Labour and Employment Ministry, Bangladesh Employers' Federation (BEF) and National Coordination Committee for Workers Education (NCCWE) with cooperation of the a2i programme of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) organised the three-day summit titled "Dhaka Summit on Skills, Employability and Decent Work-2016"at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, State Minister for Labour and Employment M Mujibul Haque and ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Tomoko Nishimoto, among others, joined the finance minister at the concluding session, chaired by Chief Executive Officer of National Skills Development Council ABM Khorshed Alam.

Tofail Ahmed said the government under the Seventh Five Year Plan is also working on developing a skilled workforce for especially diversifying export.

Mujibul Haque assured the conference participants that the government would take effective steps to implement their recommendations.

The summit included four technical sessions on importance of efficiency for decent employment, youth employment, development of silks of people with disabilities and self-employment while the participants also discussed on the challenges for Bangladesh to cope with management of decent job creation, labour-owner relations in factories, safe work environment and social communication.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)