Mainstreaming migration essential to Bangladesh’s development strategy Sep 4, 2013
Dhaka, 04 September, 2013: A two-day long workshop on Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies commenced today in the Marble Room at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in Dhaka. The workshop is part of an SDC-supported IOM-UNDP joint global project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Migration into National Development Strategies,’ which is being implemented in Jamaica, Moldova, Tunisia and Bangladesh.
Four background documents have been developed by IOM and UNDP as part of the workshop. They are: “Current Reflection of Migration Issues in the 6th Five Year Plan”; “Internal Migration: Character, Drivers and Policy Issues”; “Assessing the Roles of the GoB Ministries in Dealing with Migration”; “Contribution of Remittances to the Economy of Bangladesh”.
The findings and recommendations from the background papers are being shared at the workshop, with the goal of assisting the government of Bangladesh in addressing and prioritizing migration in its national development plans. At the end of the two-day forum, the participants will engage in the creation of a national action plan. The end result is to be a cogent series of steps on incorporating migration in policy and interventions.
H.E. Engr. Khandker Mosharraf Hossain MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, inaugurated the event as Chief Guest. Special guests included Dr. Zafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment and Mr. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary.
Delegates from Jamaica and Moldova shared good practices and experiences from their countries. Official representatives from several UN agencies presented their perspectives on mainstreaming. Representatives from NGOs, INGOs, foreign missions in Bangladesh, and the private sector were also in attendance.
Hon’ble Minister Mosharraf Hossain stated, “We acknowledge the role of migration as a contributor to the socio-economic development of a nation, we must continue our efforts to mainstream migration into the development processes.”
He later added: “Given migration involves a multi-stakeholder approach, there is need to mainstream it in all national development plans and programmes through a consultative process.”
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