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First Doses Arrive in Bangladesh

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 21st January 2020.

When vaccinations begin, officials have said some 7,000 teams will deliver vaccinations across the country. Photo by Rashed Kabir on Unsplash.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

… changing global markets could affect where migrant workers go to work. Dhaka’s metro system is a work in progress, and now the city could also get a billion-dollar circular railway. School closures extended. And we got a glimpse of how this will all end as Bangladesh was gifted 2 million vaccine doses.

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Issues in the Labour Market

Covid Crisis: Export Industries and Workers

Photo by Fahad Faisal / Original used under CC BY-SA 4.0

In recent years, there has been greater attention and movement towards improving working conditions and worker safety in Bangladesh. However, the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges for both employers and employees.

To better understand this issue, Quay Asia has set out to do extensive analysis of the challenges and successes in the export-oriented industries during this unprecedented time. In a series of three articles, we will trace events from the starting point to the present day focusing on the health and safety of workers in the ready-made garment industry.

This series is primarily for the benefit of policy makers and administrators in the private sector. The goal is to inspire better practices to protect workers, avoid sudden disaster and ensure long-term sustainability of businesses.

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The Informal Sector: What Businesses Can Do

Transitions to Formal Employment

Mariam, now 22 years old, dresses up to leave for work with a smile on her face. She is now a formal employee in the factory where she was previously working as a casual worker. She is a machine operator at the factory. Mariam owes a lot to Fatema and her employer for the training they provided. The training developed her and the skills of other entry level female workers. It also built their confidence so that they can be promoted to positions as operators and supervisors. It worked for Mariam.

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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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Work Stream

Women’s Path Forward

Agamir Pothey: Promoting Our Women

Olympic Industries launches “Agamir Pothey”

“Agamir Pothey” or The Path Forward is a development programme for entry level women employees.

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Work Stream

Help for the Aged

Social Protection for the Poor

Manusher Jonno Foundation tells Bangladeshi citizens about their rights to the social protection schemes provided by the Government of Bangladesh.

Quay Asia assigned two highly experienced consultants to evaluate this important project.

The Civil Society project is part of a wider Programme of technical assistance to the Government of Bangladesh.

UK Aid and Australian Aid support the Government of Bangladesh to improve the way it gives allowances for the poor.

But many poor people are not aware of their entitlements. And so Mansuher Jonno works with local organisations to help poor get the help they deserve.

Photo of Shameen used with her kind permission

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Issues in the Labour Market

Transitions: Next Steps

Youth face many challenges trying to find work, and attaining a certain level of education or certain skills will only get them so far. Not only do skills training programs need to do a better job teaching youth the best and most up-to-date technical skills, they need to teach youth better soft skills. That was made clear by the last post. However, that only tells half the story. Employers also need to be better recipients and need to adopt better practices to get the most of their new, inexperienced youth employees.

To better understand some of these issues, we asked employers and human resource experts what they thought.

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Sustainable & Green Financing

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 14th January 2021.

https://unsplash.com/photos/qIUb3VNmxjIPhoto by Niloy Biswas on Unsplash

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The Bangladesh Bank set new sustainable financing targets, and the central bank is connecting bank and mobile financial services accounts. Some university students will get loans to for online classes. And experts promote more paddy production.

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Workers Wages Were Set To Increase

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 7th January 2020. Welcome back!

A field of jute in Bangladesh.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…manufacturers and garment workers debated whether legally-mandated wage increases for workers should take effect. State-owned sugar mills seek to avoid the same fate as the recently-closed jute mills. And the World Bank identified the key barriers to adopting cashless payments.

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Updates

“What the Papers Say” will be on hiatus until 7th January. In the meantime, consider reading our longer reports. The latest in our series “Issues in the Labour Market” explains how the coronavirus
situation is affecting the garment sector in Bangladesh.

Come back in January for the latest news!

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Is Bangladesh ready?

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 10th December 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News

…when are Covid-19 vaccinations coming? Why is a strike stopping many routine vaccinations? There are loans to boost micro businesses; a novel incentive program to encourage tax compliance; as well as a insight into why manufacturers are not maximizing production of high-end garments.

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A Change in Direction

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 3rd December 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…river dredging, and a lack of river dredging, is causing different populations different problems. Moreover, some people are still acutely affected by Cylcone Amphan. And, its tax filing time and a revenue-generating amnesty program is in full effect.

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Workplace Safety Loans

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 26th November 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…the central bank allocated funds for garment workplace safety as Covid-19 spread continues. The ILO expressed concerns about long-term unemployment for women in the garment industry. A report on global tax abuse estimates how much tax revenue Bangladesh loses. And officials said more land is needed for crop cultivation.

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The Market May Double

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 19th November 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…Bangladeshi migrant workers wanting Saudi visas are in limbo. This year’s rice harvest is less than usual, although not for the reasons you may expect. And how large is the pharmaceutical sector expected to grow?

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Business Confidence

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 12th November 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…the Business Confidence Index reflects how the Bangladesh business community feels. A report examines indigenous communities and poverty. New digital measures are designed to ensure authentic audits. And experts question whether a change in the U.S presidency will affect US-Bangladesh relations.

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Record After Record Remittances

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 5th November 2020.

This Week in the Bangladesh English News…

…The Bangladesh Bank introduced a new initiative to increase lending to small and medium enterprises. Remittance levels continue to defy expectations. And do green garment factories increase costs or profits?