The 12th summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development begins in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, today.
The summit with the theme of ‘sustainable approaches to human mobility: upholding rights, strengthening state agency, and advancing development through partnerships and collective action’ will be participated in by migration experts, civil society organisations, government delegates and diplomats, who will try to find out better ways for the implementation of Global Compact on Migration.
The global compact on migration was adopted by the UN member states in Morocco after 11th GFMD summit in 2018 aimed to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration.
A high profile Bangladesh official delegation led by foreign minister MA Momen is scheduled to take part in the inaugural session.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry officials told New Age that the Bangladesh government considers the overseas migration as an integral component of the county’s development aspiration.
EWOE minister Imran Ahmad told New Age that Bangladesh considered overseas migration as driving force of development. For this reason, the government has strongly emphasizing the promotion of the migration of the skilled workers to benefit the migrant workers, he said.
Bangladesh starts sending workers in Middle East countries officially in 1976. Since then, it has become one of the most important pillars of Bangladesh’s economy.
The remittance grew by nearly 18 per cent to a record $ 18.42 billion in 2019.
Bangladesh is one of the top five migrant sending countries in the world, but in terms of remittance received, Bangladesh’s position is within top ten recipient countries.
Among the Bangladesh delegation, Parliamentarians’ Caucus on Migration and Development chairman Israfil Alam, EWOE ministry additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen, foreign ministry director general Nazrul Islam, British Council’s PROKAS programme team leader Gerry Fox, British Council’s senior IBP manager and gender and social inclusion adviser Shirin Lira, WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Programme chairman Shakirul Islam, Bangladesh Nari Shramik Kendra executive director Sumaiya Islam, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit director Marina Sultana, IID chief executive Syeed Ahmad have already arrived in Ecuador to attend the GFMD summit.
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