“ICTs are like oxygen. Somewhere we play a role as an implementer, somewhere as a consultant and somewhere as a facilitator. Hon. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ICT Advisor, Mr. Sajeeb Wazed taught us that things should not be done in isolation, but with a whole-of-government approach, collaborative and coordinated mindset.
The Minister of State for Department of Information and Communication Technology, Junaid Ahmed Palak, MP expressed this opinion in the special guest speech at the “BMET Service Digitization Launching Ceremony” organized by the Bureau of Manpower and Employment (BMET) at the Westin Hotel in Gulshan, Dhaka on Thursday 27th October 2022.
On the occasion, the Minister of State for ICT said that the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always said that the government will not do business but create an enabling environment for business. If private institutions work alongside government institutions, Bangladesh will move forward at a faster pace. At present, we can identify ourselves as a strong middle-income Bangladesh, whose three main assets are agriculture, clothing and the diaspora.
These three sectors, agriculture, clothing and the diaspora, are the backbone of our economy. He said that, on the one hand, the brothers and sisters in the Diaspora send us about $22 billion in remittances. On the other hand, siblings in the garment industry generate export revenue of $30 billion to $35 billion. 3.5 million agricultural workers are the main engine of our economy. Therefore, we salute our 1 crore 20 lakh brothers and sisters whose blood, sweat and labor provide our salaries, roads, education, health and other basic needs.
The Minister of State said: I thank the Department of Expatriate Welfare for using smart processes as well. The wealth created by those who produce and analyze more data will become more valuable than natural resources such as oil, gold or diamonds in the future. And the current digitization of the “Prabasi” application of the BMET service is a great proof of this.
He also said that if we are to move from this middle-income country to an innovative knowledge-based economy to build a knowledge-based smart Bangladesh under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Jannetri Sheikh Hasina, then technology must be used in our clothes. industry, in the employment of expatriates and in our agriculture. Only then can we move towards a smart economy.
Honorable Minister of Expatriate Welfare and Ministry of Foreign Employment Imran Ahmed MP was the chief guest on the occasion. Emphasizing the equal responsibility and partnership of both parties in public-private partnership, he said, “Whenever we talk about public-private partnership, it has to be a partnership. The government provides the opportunity because it needs the service. Partnerships are already delivering results, an example of which is the BMET database. He said BMET alone cannot do it. Everyone must work together. The Honorable Minister said that my job is to send workers overseas. Now it cannot be sent in analog mode, it must be sent in digital mode.
The minister also said the purpose of sending digitally is so workers don’t have to wait long. The process of sending workers overseas should be accelerated. Digitization will help us do this and the stage of sending workers abroad will be taken, he commented.
The Director General of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), Md. Shahidul Alam, NDC delivered the welcome speech on the occasion. The event was chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment. Ahmed Muniruch Salehin.
BRAC Executive Director Asif Saleh and Bangladesh Association of International Recruitment Agencies (BAIRA) President Mohammad Abul Bashar also spoke on the occasion. Also present at the event were Isa Bin Yusuf Al Duhailan, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh, representatives of various international organizations, representatives of recruitment agencies, representatives of the public and others.
It can be noted that the last step for workers going abroad, the exit or immigration authorization issued by the Bureau of Manpower and Employment (BMET) will now be done digitally. . An expatriate worker can apply for authorization and receive the BMET smart card online in less time, less money and hassle-free. The complete digital process is prepared by BMET’s digital service provider “Ami Pravasi Limited”.
The clearance smart card is now truly “intelligent”. Anyone can check this QR code based map very easily from any part of the world. Already through the “Ami Pravasi” app, BMET has played a role in database registration, application of training courses, booking of pre-departure training and orientation (PDO) sessions, formation and digitization of PDO certificates.