German cooperation sought in grooming skilled workers

Published : 28 May 2022 09:04 PM

Business leaders have sought the  German cooperation in training  and grooming Bangladeshi workers as the country will be a member of developed group  by 2041.

Bangladesh Chamber of industries President President Anwar-ul Alam Chowdhury (Parvez) said this when a five-member delegation led by him paid a courtesy call on GiZ country director Dr. Angelika Fleddermann at her office in the city on Tuesday .

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina set a target to turn this country into developed one by 2041.

The economy of the country has been growing at 7.00-8.00 per cent over the years and the has become a middle-income group this year, BCI president said

Other members of the team are Priti Chakraborty, Sr. Vice President of BCI,  Shahidul Islam Niru, Vice President of  BCI, K.M. Rifatuzzaman, Director of  BCI and Dr. Ardhendu Shekhar Roy, Secretary General, BCI.

Thomas Hubner, Business Scout for Development, GiZ and Dr. Michael Klode, Project Manager, GiZ were also present at the meeting.

It is to be noted that the German Agency for International Cooperation or (GIZ) is an international enterprise owned by the German Federal Government, operating in many fields across more than 130 countries.

As a federal enterprise, they support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.

GIZ operates in many fields: economic development and employment promotion, governance and democracy, security, reconstruction, peace-building and civil conflict transformation, food security, health and basic education, environmental protection, resource conservation, and climate change mitigation.

BCI president Parvez said, “we want to conduct ToT training by bringing trainers from Germany, which is a country rich in workmanship, technology and technical knowhow.

BCI President has sought co-operation from GiZ in the field of grooming  trainers, preparing course curricula and  achieving efficiency in using the latest technology, creating  skilled manpower in light engineering and agro-processing sectors, creating new entrepreneurs and promoting exporters.  BCI President said that BCI is the sole and exclusive chamber of industrial community which represents all sorts of industries of both the public and private sectors and endeavors to contribute to the industrialization as well as economic development of the country.

It also plays importance role in creating new entrepreneurs in the small and micro enterprises. Furthermore, BCI always works for the interest of the industries and tries to remove all kinds of obstructions and impediments.    

He also said that cottage, micro and small industries in the country have immense potential but lack skilled manpower.

“So the chamber thinks that to be a developed country and to achieve the vision 2041 there is no other option other than building skilled manpower. “So BCI can have an important role in training the workers in micro and small industries, light engineering sectors, agro-processing industries and all other potential sectors with a view to grooming them  and thereby fulfilling the requirements of the industrialists.

The country director  pledged to co-operate and work together in the coming days.