With the seeds of increased flow of remittance taking root, Japan will recruit specified skilled Bangladeshi manpower for working in its 14 areas under industrial and agro sectors in the next five years. Both Bangladesh and Japan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in Tokyo on sending specified skilled workers (SSW) by Bangladesh.
The MoC was signed by the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry of Bangladesh with the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Policy Agency of Japan. Rownaq Jahan, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary and Commissioner of the Immigration Services Agency of Japan Shoko Sasaki signed the MoC on behalf of their respective countries.
The MoC will create opportunities for Bangladesh to send its manpower to Japan and help Bangladesh earn more remittance. Such economy-boosting endeavor will supplement the government’s plan to develop a long-term perspective on how to enhance the flow of remittance to the country and accelerate economic development to create conditions conducive to establishing social stability and lasting peace, experts say.
Under the MoC, Japan will engage Bangladeshi manpower in its different fields, including care work, building cleaning management, machine parts industries, electric, electronics, construction, ship- building, automobiles and agro sector. Notably, the workers to be sent must specifically be skilled and good at Japanese language.
Rabab Fatima, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan, Yasuaki Imai, Director of the Office of International Affairs, Policy Planning Division of Japan, Md Jahangir Alam, Joint Secretary, Counsellor (Labour) of Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo and other senior officials of the two countries were present during the signing ceremony.
Bangladesh becomes the 9th country which has signed the MoC with Japan to send specified skilled workers (SSW) there, Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo said.
The workers will be sent under two categories during the contract period. Under the first category, the workers passed in Japanese language test and skilled in the respective field, will get opportunities to work in Japan for five years leaving their families.
Those who are more expert than the first category, will get chance to work there with their families. Rownaq Jahan said the Bangladesh government has taken several steps to create skilled manpower for sending abroad. “The Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry has already launched a four-month long training on Japanese language through 26 technical training centers across the country,” she said. “Both Dhaka and Tokoyo have agreed to continue cooperation with employment training and recruitment,” she added.