TED of IEB organized a Seminar on “Dominance of Foreign Employees in the Textile & RMG Industry of Bangladesh – Framework for the Future of Bangladesh “

Textile Engineering Division of The Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh – IEB organized a Seminar on “Dominance of Foreign Employees in the Textile & RMG Industry of Bangladesh – Framework for the Future of Bangladesh “on 18 September at Council Hall of IEB on the Capital. More than 200 local textile professionals, expert textile university teachers, and IEB members were present at the seminar.

Freedom Fighter Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal MP, Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs were present as Chief Guest were Engr. Md. Abdus Sabur, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary, Bangladesh Awami League. Were present as a guest of honor; Engr. Masudur Rahman, Chairman, TED-IEB presided over the seminar. Engr. Syed Atiqur Rahman, Secretary, TED-IEB hosted the seminar.  Engr.Md Mozaffar Hossain MP, former president, ITET; Engr. Md Nurul Huda,President ,IEB; Prof.Engr. MA Kashem, Vice Chancellor of BUTEX; Engr. Md. Nuruzzaman, VP of IEB; Engr. Shafiqur Rahman, CIP, President ITET; Engr. AKM Nurul Islam, Founder Chairman TED, IEB; Engr. SM Sirajul Islam, Ex-Chairman, TED-IEB; Engr. Md. Shadat Hossain Shiblu, GS of IEB; Engr. Md.Ashad Hossain, Vice Chairman, TED-IEB; Prof. Dr. Engr. Mohammad Ali, Dean Faculty of FTMBS, BUTEX; Waliul Islam Swapon; Engr. Rakibul Islam, Centre Member of TED-IEB spoke at the seminar.

According to the official statistics presented by the Home Minister of Bangladesh, more than 84,000 foreigners from 44 countries were employed in various jobs as of 2018. But those figures aren’t indicative of the total number of expatriates employed in Bangladesh as they don’t account for the significant number of foreigners who are employed without work permits.  

* Source: Transparency International Bangladesh

Prof Dr. Engr. Ayub Nabi Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor of BUFT presented a Key Note on the Dominance of Foreign Employees in the Textile & RMG Industry and its impact. In this seminar a Journal of Textile Engineering, issue-01 launched by TED of IEB. 

Impact of Hiring Expatriates on the Firms and the Country

Firm-Level  Country-Level
Downsides of Hiring Experts High production cost The reluctance of expatriates to brush up on domestic managers’ skillsHigh remuneration paid by the companies Communication difficulties Tough to assess the expertise of foreign employees within a short time.
The increased outflow of foreign currency. Reduced public fund due to tax evasion Increased unemploy mentImpact on vision 2021.
Upsides of Hiring Experts Increase in overall profitability Ensuring optimal workflow not involved in internal policies.Knowledge transfer through foreign employees.  

Honorable Chief Guest, Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal MP said that you will decide whether foreign workers are needed or not in the country. The Ministry of Home Affairs checks whether the foreign workers are working properly and whether they are staying in the country for a longer period of time.

Textile engineers are not unemployed. You can help the Ministry of Home Affairs. Makes the environment of the textile and apparel industry beautiful. Wherever you need legal assistance, we will be with you. You will do the research. It is expected to develop this industry, he added.

We have self-reliance capability in the textile and apparel industry there are 170 green factories in this country. Many workers are working if these workers get up-to-date training, the dependence on foreign countries will be reduced. Taxing foreign workers will increase the country’s income said, Engr. Md. Abdus Sabur, Science and Technology Affairs Secretary, Bangladesh Awami League and former president, IEB.

Speakers also said, Our textile and clothing industry is dominated by workers from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka They are working more time say three months Textile engineers are not getting jobs in factories and organizations related to the textile and clothing industry If the weaknesses of the domestic textile engineers are not quickly identified and solutions are not taken, a more dire situation will be created in the future.