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New plan to back decent work for Bangla migrant workers
May '16
An initiative launched in Dhaka on Monday will contribute to the application of the overseas employment policy and support strengthening of public and private institutions to secure decent work for Bangladeshi migrant workers.

The Application of Migration Policy for Decent Work for Migrant Workers project, executed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will run until March 2018. A further three-year phase is then likely with the total budget standing at $7.25 million until 2021, the ILO said in a press release.

The initiative will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment as well as workers' and employers' organizations. It carries on from the recently completed 'Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh' project which came to an end in December 2015 and was also financially supported by the SDC.

The new project will help the Government of Bangladesh to operationalize the policy and legal measures developed with the assistance of the earlier initiative, including, the Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Policy 2016 and the Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013, the ILO said.

The initiative will help strengthen the institutions responsible for managing migration to deliver quality labour market information, occupational classification, pre-departure training accreditation, and welfare services abroad. It will also provide research and technical advisory support for strengthening labour negotiations for decent work as well as facilitate the engagement of stakeholders including workers and employers organizations in all processes.

Begum Shamsun Nahar, Secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment said, “The Government of Bangladesh is committed ensuring safety and dignity of men and women migrants in destination countries as well as to support them upon their return. Through this initiative, government services will be further strengthened which will protect both current and future migrants alike.”

Srinivas Reddy, ILO Country Director for Bangladesh said, “This new project builds on the success of our past efforts. By working at levels ranging from policy to the grassroots it will help ensure that systems of migration management are responsive and promote decent work.”

“This initiative represents a continuation of Swiss support for the Government of Bangladesh as it streamlines policies and builds institutions for safe labour migration and decent work,” said Beate Elsässer, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh.

The project will work with the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, its subsidiary organizations, and other stakeholders. (SH)

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