Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) organizes a seminar on “Local Managerial Capacity Building” at DCCI on 7 October 2017. Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Nurul Islam BSc was present as the chief guest at the seminar. DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan chaired the seminar.
In the address of welcome DCCI President Abul Kasem Khan said managerial, technical and professional skills have always been the most important factor for any developing countries for fostering innovation, creating business opportunities, increasing productivity, integrating with global value chain and tapping the future prosperity and creating jobs. He said as per occupation distribution, we have only 1.8% managers, 3.8% professionals and 1.9% is technical experts. He said lack of skill is slowing the inward foreign remittance trend and increasing the outward remittance transfer. The education system of our country needs to be restructured matching skills supply to the needs of industry and service sector. He said if any industry spends money for training of their professionals for developing managerial skill that money should be considered as tax free.
Nurul Islam BSc, Minister, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment said that the population of our country is a great asset. He said about 10.1 million Bangladeshi expatriates are working abroad and they send about $15 billion to Bangladesh. He said if we can send our skilled workforce with proper training we can earn 10 times more remittance than we receive now. He also said 7 lakh 89 thousand people have been sent abroad so far this year and the government has set a target to send one million people abroad. He said we should be careful enough to stop siphoning our money abroad as well as he urged to reduce non performing loans (NPL) or bad debts.
Additional Secretary, Technical & Madrasa Education Division, Ministry of Education Ashoke Kumar Biswas and Managing Director of SME Foundation Md. Shafiqul Islam spoke on the occasion as designated discussants. They said our industry needs skilled manpower. Now days our industries need Managers of technical skill, communication skill, negotiation skill, convincing skill. They said yearly $5 billion has been spent for hiring foreign skilled Managers. But we need more training programmes and government’s intervention to upgrade curriculum of our technical education. Trainings should be integrated with our main academic course as it is the demand of time now, they said. To be the developed nation by the year 2041, we need to focus on our education system and we need to develop the skill of our mid level Managers.
CEO & Additional Secretary, National Skill Development Council (NSDC) ABM Khorshed Alam presented the keynote paper. He highlighted good managerial skills must have communication skill, leadership skill, analytical skill, problem-solving skill, negotiation skill, networking skill and technological skill. As we are yet to achieve 30th largest economy, double digit GDP growth, GDP of $1291 billion by 2030 we need competent managers. He also urged upon industry focused curriculum by the academia, more research on managerial skills gap, design short-term training, develop industry specific skills development policies.
DCCI Director K. Atique-e-Rabbani, FCA, DCCI Member MS Siddique, Joint Convenor Brig. Gen. (Retd) Kamrul Islam, former Sr. Vice President, DCCI Alhaj Abdus Salam, former Director R.I. Khan took part in the open discussion session. Speakers urged for training, modern technological knowledge, modernization of Madrasa education, creating project managers. They said if we nurture our Madrasa students we can start call centre business for Arabic speaking countries. DCCI Secretary General AHM Rezaul Kabir was also present.