Tag Archives: health and safety

Exports up Seven Percent

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 11th January, 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear good news about export growth  while the exchange rate of the Dollar appreciates against the Taka,  The World Bank invests in major safety net programmes and the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment plans to send around 1 million workers overseas for employment. But we also hear about hazardous working conditions in Bangladesh.

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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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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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Coffee Boosted

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 23rd November, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about the economic growth of Bangladesh and development of the ICT sector. New ideas and measures have been taken by businesses, activists and the government.

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Trade and Investment

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 26th October, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

Trade and FDI in Bangladesh have increased. While there have been a few success stories, some problems still exist.

Agriculture continues to face challenges. Some farmers have enjoyed good crop cultivation, whereas others had to bear losses. Banks have shown interest in increasing agriculture loans. This is likely to boost the sector.

Workers both within and outside Bangladesh suffered misfortunes. Unsafe working condition is a major cause. Productivity among women garments workers needs to increase.

The Government has taken good initiatives to enhance women empowerment. Such as access to bank loans, opening help centers for women entrepreneurs and increasing women’s participation in IT related jobs. The Government is also focusing on youth development and employment.

The National Board of Revenue is set to hold tax fairs, workshops and conduct studies.

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Women at Work

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 5th October, 2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

Women’s empowerment is still a challenge in Bangladesh.

The number of working women in Bangladesh has decreased significantly over the past ten years. Women entrepreneurs are not getting proper access to bank loans. And discrimination in the workplace is still common.

In the construction industry working conditions for both women and men have become increasingly unsafe. The industry lacks regulation and proper safety measures. And this often leads to death and serious injury.

In the agriculture sector, discrimination against small women farmers is prevalent.  So they  are excluded from the credit services  provided by the state.

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Migrant Workers Matter

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 8th December 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…The International Labour Organization reflects on the region’s progress towards decent work. While studies shows migrant workers suffering in the Gulf, and child labour still common in Dhaka. At the elite end of the employment spectrum Bangladeshi financial professionals and the country’s peacekeepers are in demand. Good news across the rural economy from bee hives to orange groves.

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Blue Collar Ceiling

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 14th July 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics reveals data on rural-urban migration while Bangladeshi migrant workers are still among the lowest paid in Middle East. Still no access to the Generalized System of Preferences but US retailers stand by Bangladeshi garment manufacturers. And Sirajganj will graduate 180 textile engineers a year through new institute.

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Looking Forward

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour 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 April 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…the country remembers the Rana Plaza collapse and looks forward to ways improvements can be made to worker’s safety and working conditions. Water transport workers continue to strike, keeping many stranded across the country. New studies and projects encourage growth in Bangladesh, citing the potential this country has over the next few decades.

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Uneasy Progress

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Financial Express. Here is the news for the week ending 21st April 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…Workplace safety slowly improving amidst delays and resistance. Some worker demonstrations end while others begin. Farmers and fishers are finding it hard to grow their enterprises, or even support themselves as financial support remains distant. A bright story on the success of lamp makers in Pabna.

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