Hon’ble Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Visits Japan
Mr. Nurul Islam, B.Sc., Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment led a 7-member delegation in an official visit to Japan from 19-23 April 2017. During the visit, the Hon’ble Minister attended meetings with Mr. Gaku HASHIMOTO, State Minister, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare; Mr. Kurokawa, Vice Minister, Ministry of Justice; Mr. Hidetoshi Irigaki, Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Mr. Setsuhiro Shimomura, President of JITCO.
Mr. Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Hon’ble Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment; H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan and other visiting high officials were also present during the meetings.
During the meetings the Hon’ble Minister emphasized on closer cooperation between Bangladesh and Japan specially in the sector of human resources. The Minister also highlighted on the abundant ready pool of human resources that Bangladesh can offer to meet the growing need of Japan which is suffering from acute shortage of workers. The Hon’ble Minister, during his meeting at JICA, requested Japan to set up a Japanese Training Centre in Bangladesh to facilitate training of potential job-seekers in Japan so that they can be well introduced about the language and culture of Japan before they arrive here.
The Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo organized a successful Seminar on “Economy and Human Resource of Bangladesh” which was attended by over 300 Japanese businessmen and potential employers of Technical Interns from Bangladesh. The Hon’ble Minister graced the seminar as Chief Guest and reiterated the readiness of Bangladesh to provide skilled and semi-skilled manpower for Japan. H.E. Ms. Rabab Fatima, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Japan focused on how Japan can be benefitted from the abundant human resources of Bangladesh like other countries. She cited the successful Korea model as reference for Japan.
The Hon’ble Minister also visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and had a meeting with Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture. In the meeting the Minister asked the Governor to welcome more people and students from Bangladesh in his prefecture. The Governor appreciated the role of Bangladesh nationals living in Hiroshima and expressed his hope to welcome more students and manpower in IT sector from Bangladesh.