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12:00 AM, September 04, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 04, 2007

Skills key to more overseas jobs for Bangladeshis

Says Malaysian envoy

The Malaysian High Commissioner in Dhaka yesterday called for developing a manpower training institution to train up overseas-bound Bangladeshis.
"Bangladesh can earn more remittances by exporting skilled and trained manpower to the international labour market," said Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz at a seminar.
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) organised the seminar styled 'Economic Growth and Busineess Transformation in South East Asia-Bangladesh's Potentials to Match' at its auditorium in the capital city.
Aziz also pointed out that Bangladesh government is yet to do anything with regard to workers' capacity building despite Malaysian outline on how to enhance skills of the workers.
In the recent past, the two countries inked a deal on manpower exports from Bangladesh.
The keynote paper at the seminar, chaired by DCCI President Hossain Khaled, was presented by Lim Chor Ghee, a Malaysian human resource training expert and business consultant.
Charge de Affaires of the Vietnamese embassy in Dhaka Vo Tuan Ngoc also spoke on the occasion.
The Malaysian envoy in his chief guest's speech also stressed a public-private partnership for bringing Bangladesh's economic growth to the level of other South-east Asian countries.
He suggested that Bangladesh should follow economic strategies of other countries to achieve a remarkable economic growth.
“To speed up economic growth, Bangladesh should put its efforts to reap benefits from the trade facilities with not only the Asean (Association of South East Asian Nations) members, but also from two economic giants in the region-China and India,” Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz said.
Responding to a query, Vo Tuan Ngoc said professional IT skills of Vietnamese were the secrets of huge investments in Vietnam by Intel, world's leading computer firm, and other renowned organisations.
DCCI President Hossain Khaled said Bangladesh's trade is unfavourable with the South-east Asian countries, which amounts to $ 1,540 million.
“We need to build our capacity and address these issues,” he added, underlining the need for taking lessons from the trade experiences of the Asean nations.

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