Published:  03:39 AM, 09 October 2019

Japan new hub for BD workers

Financially developed country Japan will be new labor market hub for Bangladesh in next five years as it will take specified skilled workers from Bangladesh in 14 fields under two categories.

Related concerned of Bangladesh labor market said this chance will create a new destination for Bangladeshi workers and huge remittance could be earned from Japan as the country will hire around four lakh workers from various country including Bangladesh in turns.

According to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment and Bangladesh embassy in Japan, Bangladesh and Japan signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on August 27 this year, on accepting specified skilled workers by Japan from Bangladesh.

Under the MoC, Japanese language proficiency test and skills proficiency test are the basic requirements for selection as specified skilled workers in 14 fields into two categories within the next five years.

The 14 fields included care worker, building cleaning management, machine parts and tooling industries, industrial machinery industries, electric, electronics and information industries, construction industry, shipbuildingship machinery industry, automobile maintenance, aviation industry, accommodation industry, agriculture, fishery and aquaculture, manufacture of food and beverages, Food service industry.

The specified skilled workers' (category-i) contract can be renewed for five years if they pass a Japanese language test and have a certain skill level in their designated field and are permitted to bring their spouses and children along, says the MoC.

Rownaq Jahan, Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment said, "How many workers will go to Japan it depends on our preparation. However, Japan will take workers gradually and this time the number of the workers won't too much."

"The government has already taken various initiatives to meet the sufficiency of skilled workers with Japan's demand", he added.

Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) sources said the expatriates' welfare and overseas employment ministry has started offering a four-month Japanese language course through its 26 technical training centers across the country since February 2018.

Although, there is no guidelines about private management to send workers in Japan, some recruiting agencies has started their publicity to send workers by them.

An high official of the BMET training wing, wishing anonymity told this correspondent that there is no contract yet with recruiting agencies is this matter. If in future Japan government sign agreement with them or give consent, they can send workers. Till then, people should be careful and conscious about the matter as they can be victim of fraud.

Md Momen Chowdhury, an awaiting worker of Austagram upazila of Kishoreganj, who is willing to go Japan under this MoC, told The Asian Age that he is happy that Japan now will hire Bangladeshi skilled workers. And he is now preparing himself to learn Japanese language first at a training centre in Netrokona in next January. He thinks, getting chance to go to Japan, as a labor will be blessings for all Bangladeshi workers.

It is mentionable that Bangladesh is the ninth nation that signed a memorandum of cooperation with Japan to send such workers.

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