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EU envoy visits projects in Barisal

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Staff Reporter
Ambassador of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon on Wednesday visited the EU-supported projects in Barisal and said they give priority to people’s needs while implementing projects.
“This field visit is an eye opener at a time when we discuss the projects the EU will conduct in Bangladesh over the next seven years,” he said.
Since ‘putting people first is the driver of our action’, listening to the people of Barisal allows to understand their needs better, said Ambassador Mayaudon during his visit.
Earlier, Barisal district administration welcomed the EU Ambassador to visit the EU-supported Vocational Education and Training Programs, and Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Project.
Mayaudon visited three projects addressing skills development and nutrition in Barisal district, said a media release.
The Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Project (ANEP) is implemented by IDE while the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) projects are implemented by ILO and Save the Children in partnership with UCEP.
The European Union finances the projects with about 19 million Euros (Tk 190 crore).
With its 'TVET reform' project, ILO assisted Barisal Technical School and College in developing its welding facilities and training its instructors so this institution could become a Registered Training Organization for welding under the new National Technical and Vocational Qualifications Framework. Save the Children International and UCEP co-implement ‘TVET for Young People in Informal Economy in Bangladesh’.
Through the project more than 5,000 underprivileged children (age 15+) working in informal economy have been provided with skills training and subsequently found decent jobs.
The Ambassador visited the Sundarban Shipyard where welders have been employed following their certification from the Technical College.
The mission also met the UCEP Employers Committee to discuss job opportunities and private sector demand for skills.
With ANEP, IDE in partnership with Save the Children International and CODEC, and together with research institutes (World Fish, CIMMYT, IRRI, CEAPRED and BES) is seeking to improve the nutrition of poor households using innovative approaches such as creating commercial linkages between rural and urban areas, reinforcing market development and communicating on nutrition related behavior changes.
The EU Ambassador traveled to Hizla and Koralia to visit farmers’ organizations using innovative and replicable techniques in horticulture, aquaculture and field crops.