With a burgeoning population of youth willing to contribute to the economy, it is important to create newer avenues of employment
There are clear reasons for the recent decline in manpower exports. With untenable working conditions and continuous harassment and abuse, fewer and fewer Bangladeshis are willing to take the risk of finding work abroad.
But there is no denying that our overseas workers play a significant role in the persistent development our country has experienced, having contributed $4.5 billion to Bangladesh’s economy in the first four months of this year alone.
In this regard, the prime minister’s suggestions ring true: Workers must receive training before going abroad, as well as the need to utilize the Workers’ Welfare Fund for their continued wellbeing.
A key problem that has existed for expats has been that, all too often, they do not know what to do, or the respective Bangladeshi consulate is unwilling to protect their rights.
And by receiving proper training before making the journey, they would be armed with a higher level skillset which would allow them to find better work, with better payment.
It would also create spaces and opportunities for the youth to receive vocational training, which not only has uses abroad, but also right here in Bangladesh.
With a burgeoning population of youth willing to contribute to the economy, it is important to create newer avenues of employment for the population, both at home and overseas.
By providing such facilities and ensuring that their rights as people are protected everywhere, Bangladesh can provide its working population the breathing space required to engage in more diverse areas of interest.
We are encouraged by the fact that our government is focusing on the wellbeing of our overseas workers. In doing so, it can truly tap into their potential.