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Joint drive launched for decent works for BD migrant workers
A joint initiative was launched on Monday for contributing to the application of overseas employment policy and strengthening public and private institutions to secure decent works for Bangladeshi migrant workers.
The Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work for Migrant Workers project, executed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will run until March 2018.
A further three-year phase is then likely with the total budget standing at US$7.25 million until 2021, said an ILO media release.
The initiative will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment as well as workers’ and employers’ organisations.
It carries on from the recently completed Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh project which came to an end in December 2015 and was also financially supported by the SDC.
The new project will help the Government of Bangladesh to operationalize the policy and legal measures developed with the assistance of the earlier initiative, including, the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016 and the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013.
It will help strengthen the institutions responsible for managing migration to deliver quality labour market information, occupational classification, pre-departure training accreditation, and welfare services abroad.
It will also provide research and technical advisory support for strengthening labour negotiations for decent works as well as facilitate the engagement of stakeholders, including workers and employers organisations in all processes.
This initiative represents a continuation of Swiss support for the government of Bangladesh as it streamlines policies and builds institutions for safe labour migration and decent work.
The project will work with the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, its subsidiary organizations, and other stakeholders.
In 2015, a total of 555,881 Bangladeshi workers migrated, including 103,718 (18.65 pc) women.
Remittances received through legal channels totalled US$15,270.99 million in the financial year 2014-2015, accounting for close to eight per cent equivalent of the country’s GDP.