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Jute Rejuvenated

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 15 March 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about seminars and dialogues on career and employment. A fair was organized by the jute and textiles ministry. Export earnings from garments have seen an increase. UNICEF is said to provide financial assistance to Bangladesh for its child-related activities. We also hear about a study published by Business Finance for Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B) project on growth of small enterprises. A new farming initiative helps improving nutrition for families living on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

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Women and Machines

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 8 March 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

… business ties between Vietnam and Bangladesh grow through investment and trade. A study suggests women garments workers are losing out to machines. And retired jute workers struggle for their retirement benefits.

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Automation Arrives

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 15 February 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about cash incentives for the Information and Communication Technology industry. The introduction of automation in the garment sector leads to skills training programs for garment workers. Unilever supports key UNDP projects to create employment opportunities for women and also support small entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities. The agriculture sector on the other hand faces some ups and downs.

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Fish Nets Filled

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 8 February 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about Bangladesh being among the top five Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to have achieved economic growth in 2017. We also learn about a rise in exports and remittances. Swiss president gave a positive nod about growing economic relations between Bangladesh and Switzerland. And hilsa fishermen and traders enjoy good business and profits.

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Inclusive Growth Steady

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 25 January 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about the two-day Bangladesh Development Forum and garments trade show. We also learn about the growing income gap between the rich and the poor. On a positive note, Bangladesh is ahead of its South Asian competitors in the World Economic Forum’s Inclusive Development Index list of emerging economies. And Bangladesh is optimistic about becoming a poverty-free country by 2024.

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Minimum Wage Raise

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 18 January 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about the formation of a new government wage board. The board will set a new minimum wage for the garment workers. India becomes a major garment export market for Bangladesh. And Bangladesh is likely to graduate from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status soon.

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Trade Fair Kicks Off

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 4th January, 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about the opening of the month-long Dhaka International trade fair. Women’s empowerment is seen in sports. Differently abled people get opportunities during the recent Information and Communications Technology job fair. And the government wants businesses to expand their markets to increase export earnings.

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Machines Oust Workers

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 28th December, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about an increase in the overseas employment of Bangladeshi workers. Affirmation from inspection agencies and favorable exchange rate make garment exporters optimistic. But jobs are already being lost to machines in garments industries. And school banking receives a hugely positive response.

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Energy Powers Up

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 21st December, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about Bangladesh Apparel Exchange organizing the first ever fashionology summit in the capital. Domestic demand, infrastructure and new energy initiatives drive growth. And Japan looks to Bangladesh for trained workers.

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The Informal Sector: Considering Productivity

Accounting for Low Productivity in the Informal Sector

At six o’clock in the morning Mariam, now 18 years old, wakes up and gets ready for the day. She works at a garments factory just outside Dhaka city. As she brushes her hair, she remembers her work as a maid. She was just a child. She cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids when their parents weren’t around. Maryam has bad memories of those times. She always felt the family were unhappy with her work. But she didn’t know why. Sometimes they were happy and would give her gifts of clothes and sometimes money.  When she they were unhappy…well, those really were painful memories.

That’s all behind her now. But work in the factory isn’t easy, either.

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