A job fair was held at International Convention City Bashundhura in Dhaka on 18 March, 2017 to provide job opportunities for those who have completed training under BGMEA-SEIP project. Around 40 RMG factories took part in the job fair to recruit employees through spot interviews from more than one thousand worker-level and mid-level trainee.
Minister for Commerce Tofail Ahmed MP, attended the inaugural ceremony of the job fair. The fair was also addressed by State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Finance Ministry Senior Secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamun, BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman and BGMEA Senior Vice-President Faruque Hassan and BGMEA Vice-President for Finance Mohammed Nasir.
The labour organizations of RMG sector should tell the buyers to raise product prices which would help increase labour wages in this sector, said Minister for Commerce Tofail Ahmed MP. He also said, the government will provide all necessary assistance to the highest foreign exchange earning sector of the country to fetch 50 billion by 2021.
Stating that there is no reason for RMG entrepreneurs to be afraid of trade unions State Minister for Labour and Employment Md.Mujibul Haque Chunnu MP said, “I don’t understand why the apparel makers requested me not to allow trade unions in their factories”.
The Finance Ministry senior Secretary, Hedayetullah Al Mamun said, the countries growth is now productivity driven and the training will enhance the growth.
“The Finance Ministry took up the SEIP project in partnership with nine trade bodies and five public and private organizations to create 260,000 skilled manpower across the country by 2018,” said BGMEA Vice-President for Finance Mohammed Nasir.
BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman said, “The skill development project has already provided training to 20,000 people, of which around 15,000 are operators and 5,000 are mid-level executives.” Of trainees, some 10,000 have already got jobs in garment factories, he added.
The President also said, BGMEA has a plan to organize such job fair regularly, “We hope the participation of garment factory owners will be increasing in the coming years.”
Dr. Khan Ahmed Sayeed Murshid, Director General, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) ,ABM Khorshed Alam, Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Council (NSDC); Abdur Rouf Talukder, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Project Director, SEIP; Md. Atiqul Islam, former President, BGMEA and Paul Weijers, Team Leader, Sudokkho were also present at the opening ceremony.
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