Launching of National Parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development

A seven- member parliamentary Caucus on migration and development was launched on 31st March, 2017 at Park Town Restaurant. The parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development has been formed in a joint collaboration with British Council and WARBE Development Foundation. In the launching program, Honorable Deputy Speaker of Bangladesh National Parliament, Mr. Fazle Rabbi Miah graced the occasion as Chief Guest and formally inaugurated the caucus. Honorable Chief Guest, Deputy Speaker, Mr Fazle Rabbi Miah, shared some of his experiences of being the head of the Bangladesh Delegation team of IPU (Inter Parliamentarian Union) Assembly.

Mr. Israfil Alam, Chairman of parliamentarian Caucus on Migration and Development, made the declaration as a chairperson of the Caucus as well as read the proclamation. He talked about the main objectives and activities of the parliamentary Caucus. The parliamentary Caucus will act as a focal group the parliament members who will work in an advocate framework to ensure rights of migrant workers. The goals of the Caucus include working for the development of legal framework and migrant friendly deal in national, regional and international arenas. The Caucus will inspect the workplaces of workers abroad and draw attention of respective parliament members to provide necessary assistance to them, he also said.

Roksana Yesmin Suty, MP, Adv. Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, MP, Talukdar Md Yunus, MP, Nurjahan Begum, MP, Jabed Ahmed, Additional Secretary of MOEWOE were also presented. Representatives from different NGO’s, BAIRA, trade union and media attended the program.  Jabed Ahmed, Additional Secretary of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry said although Bangladesh has ratified the ILO Convention 1990, destination countries are yet to ratify it.

Syed Saiful Haque, chairman of WARBE Development Foundation, said the migration sector doesn’t get necessary allocation in the national budget. He also stressed the need for ratification of the international treaties on migration and lowering the cost of migration at a zero level.