More than 6.60 million trained workers got employments abroad in the last one decade, from 2009 to 2019, and they remitted around $153.13 billion during the period.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad gave the information in the parliament on Tuesday.
“Since 2009, the present government has been imparting training in skill development in two phases under 55 trades through a total of 70 training centres including six institutes of marine technology and 64 technical training centers,” he said, in reply to a question from Jatiya Party MP Begum Salma Islam.
Besides, training is being imparted in five languages including Arabic, Korean, English, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and Japanese, Imran said.
He informed the House that as per the electoral pledge of the government, a work plan has been adopted to set up technical training centers at every upazila with a view to creating job opportunity for 1000 youths on an average in every upazila of the country.
As part of that, at present works of setting up 40 technical training centres in 40 upazilas are underway while the work of formulating DPP to build 60 more centres in 60 upazilas is at the final stage, he added.
Imran said the ministry has created overseas employment opportunities for women workers in different decent professions including caregiver, domestic-work and driving.
In response to another question of opposition BNP MP Golam Mohammad Siraj, the minister said Bangladeshi workers are being sent in 173 countries so far.
Sending of workers does not remain stopped in any Middle East countries where Bangladesh used to send workers, he added.
Imran informed the House that Bangladesh sent 2,57,317 and 3,99,000 workers to Saudi Arabia in 2018 and 2019 respectively while 76,560 and 50,292 to Qatar, 27,637 and 12,299 to Kuwait, 72,504 and 72654 to Oman, 3235 and 3318 to the UAE and 811 and 133 to Bahrain.
Replying to another question of treasury bench MP Haji Md Selim, the minister said huge number of workers is being sent abroad through private organisation.
According to BMET, through engaging private organisations in immigration process, at least 5.2 million workers got employments abroad in the last 8 years.