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Bangladesh needs properly skilled workforce say ILO, EU and Bangladesh

The ILO organized a panel on “Skills for Bangladesh” at the European Development Days 2013 in Brussels. Bangladesh has a fast-growing labour population and needs a properly skilled workforce to be competitive and to ensure decent living conditions for the population, said the ILO, the EU and the government of Bangladesh.

Arthur Shears from the ILO-Office in Bangladesh presented a project on “Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform”. It ends in December 2013 and is an initiative of the government of Bangladesh, implemented by the ILO and funded by the EU. The project aims to reduce poverty by enabling more people to obtain employable skills. Under the project, TVET policies were reviewed, a national skills development policy approved, TVET institutions strengthened and the quality of education improved. Particular attention was paid to underprivileged groups like persons with disabilities and women.

“Bangladesh is the eighth most populous country in the world which presents an immense opportunity in terms of labour force”, said Nazneen Chowdhury of the Bangladeshi Embassy in Brussels. She stressed the importance of TVET in ensuring the country’s competitiveness in the global market and to ensure decent living standards for the Bangladeshi people.

Donatella Gobbi, representing the European Commission, underlined the importance of proactive skills policies. She said that “vocational training has to equip people with skills for today and for tomorrow".

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Arthur Shears (ILO), Nazneen Chowdhurry (Embassy of Bangladesh in Brussels), Donatella Gobbi (European Commission)

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