WARBE launches remittance transfer campaign

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 19 May 2017, 22:37:53

WARBE launches remittance transfer campaign

FE Report

WARBE Development Foundation launched Thursday a campaign for 'Remittance transfer in a legal process and its effective utilisation' to encourage the migrant workers to send their money through official channel and invest it in productive sectors.

Israfil Alam, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment ministry, inaugurated the campaign in the city.

Jabed Ahmed, additional secretary of the ministry of expatriates' welfare and overseas employment, was present at the inaugural programme.

The campaign will cover the main source areas of outbound workers such as Comilla, Chittagong, Tangail, Dhaka, Barisal, Mymensingh, Gazipur, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Brahmanbaria, Noakhali and Feni, said Syed Saiful Haque, chairman of the WARBE, a migrant rights organisation.

He said it will continue for six months when they will create awareness among migrant families and returnee migrants about positive impacts on sending remittances through official channel and making investments in productive sectors.

During the campaign, they will also collect data from the workers on challenges they face while sending their earnings through official channel and making investments.   

"We will share collected information with the ministries concerned and other stakeholders to help make a proper policy regarding this issue," he said.

Through the publicity campaign, they will make the workers aware of negative impacts of the 'hundi' system in sending remittances.

Representatives from other relevant departments, banks and money exchanges will also take part in the programme.

Syed Mohammad Kamal, country manager of MasterCard in Bangladesh, mentioned that remittances represent the largest source of foreign currency earnings and also contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Jasiya Khatoon, director of WARBE, said like many other developing countries, Bangladeshi migrant workers have been contributing to employment, economic growth, poverty alleviation, and social development in Bangladesh.

However, Mr Israfil said although the banks are making profits through receiving remittances, they do not carry out any welfare activities for the migrant workers as their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He also said he will place the issue before the parliament.

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