Dhaka eyes Japan’s skilled worker programme

Dhaka, Tokyo FS-level talks on December 17

Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | Published: 23:26, Dec 12,2018 | Updated: 01:17, Dec 13,2018


Bangladesh wants to explore potentials of sending skilled workers to Japan as the country is likely to open the job market for foreign workers.

The matter is likely to be raised at foreign secretary-level talks scheduled for on December 17 in Tokyo.

Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque and Japan’s senior deputy minister for foreign affairs Kazuyuki Yamazaki are set to lead the respective side in the talks.

Both sides are likely to take a stock of bilateral and multilateral engagements in foreign office consultations, an official said, adding that the Bangladesh side might have some specific focus in the talks.

Knowing Japan’s plan to take skilled foreign workers, attracting Japanese investment and increasing export to the country would get priority in the talks, a Bangladesh diplomat said.

The Japan government disclosed its plan to receive more foreign workers to cater worsening labour shortage, a diplomat in Tokyo said, adding that the country was also assessing the possibility of creating a new immigration ministry, which would remain free from control of justice ministry.

The two sides are also likely to discuss on matters related to Japanese support in infrastructure development in Bangladesh and sustainable repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.

Bangladesh-Japan bilateral two-way trade was $3 billion in 2017, according to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry statistics.

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