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Consultation meeting on "Skills and Employment Baseline Assessment of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ITP)

The consultation meeting on “Skills and Employment Baseline Assessment of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ITP) in Bangladesh” was held at BIDS conference room on 10th August 2016. Mr. Gagan Rajbhandari the Deputy Director of the ILO Country Office for Bangladesh delivered the welcome speech. He emphasized that the outcome of the study is to design productive employment opportunities for the indigenous and tribal population. He mentioned that the ITP’s are falling behind because most of them are engaged in low productive informal and agricultural work. He reaffirmed ILO’s commitment for ensuring access of ITPs to decent work.

Dr Kazi Ali Toufique, Research Director of BIDS presented the key findings of of the baseline survey. Dr M. Yunus, Dr A.H. Mondol and Sinora Chakma made separate presentations highlighting specific aspects of the study. Mr. Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura, NDC, Secretary, Hill Tracts Affairs was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mr. Siroco Messerli, Charge d' Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Switzerland, Mr. Khondaker Mostan Hossain, Joint Secretary, Ministry of labor and employment, Mr. Mohammad Rezaul Karim, Director, Bangladesh National Skills Development Council, Mr. Shah Muhammad Abu Zafar, Chairperson, NCCWE were present as special guests.

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