Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engr Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday said all must continue their efforts to mainstream migration into the development processes.
“We acknowledge the role of migration as a contributor to the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, and we must continue our efforts to mainstream migration into the development processes,” he said.
The minister also said migration involves a multi-stakeholder approach, there is a need to mainstream it in all national development plans and programs through a consultative process.
He was addressing the inaugural session of a two-day workshop on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies held at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the city.
Expatriates’ Welfare Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque also spoke on the occasion as a special guest.
The workshop is part of a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) supported IOM-UNDP joint global project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies,’ which is being implemented in Jamaica, Moldova, Tunisia and Bangladesh.
The workshop focused on four themes -- migration in the 6th Five Year Plan of Bangladesh; internal migration policy in Bangladesh; the role of the ministries in dealing with migration; and contribution of remittances to the economy of Bangladesh.
The findings and recommendations from the dialogue are being shared at the workshop, with the goal of assisting the government of Bangladesh in addressing and prioritizing migration in its national development plans.
At the end of the two-day forum, the participants will engage in the drafting of a national action plan for incorporating migration into the development agenda of Bangladesh.
Delegates from Jamaica and Moldova shared good practices and experiences in similar exercises from their respective countries.
Representatives from several UN agencies presented their perspectives on mainstreaming. Representatives from NGOs, INGOs, foreign missions in Bangladesh, migration experts, and the private sector were also in attendance.