Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) – Bangladesh, for the first time, is going to participate in the World Skills Competition 2019, scheduled to be held August 22-27 in the southwestern Russian city of Kazan.
The National Skills Development Authority (NSDA) under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has completed all necessary preparations to join the global competition.
The meet will feature wo contestants from Bangladesh - Tanjim Tabassum Islam in confectionery and patisserie trade and Nafisa Sadaf Achol in fashion designing.
They were selected through the nationwide Rising Star Competition last year, said NSDA Executive Chairman Md Faruque Hossain at a press briefing at the NSDA office on Wednesday.
“Participating in the global skills competition is a matter of pride for the nation,” he said.
The NSDA Executive Chairman said Bangladesh as the 79th member of the World Skills International, is going to participate at the global level competition which is a matter of pride for the nation.
He said the two contestants would perform their best at Kazan for which all the necessary support is being provided to them.
PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan spoke at the press briefing as the chief guest, while NSDA members, representatives from different Industry Skills Councils, contestants and technical experts were present.
Sajjadul Hassan said there is no alternative to transforming the country’s large workforce into skilled manpower in order to enhance job scopes for them and enabling self-employment.
He said the government formed the National Skills Development Authority (NSDA) in order to coordinate the country’s efforts in building the large youth population of the country into skilled manpower and ensuring the standard of their skills.
The PMO Secretary said the two Bangladeshi youths would be able to significantly focus the standards of their skills in the international arena through participating in the World Skills Competition in Kazan.
Hotel Radisson, InterContinental Dhaka and Coopers are providing support for grooming the contestants in Confectionery and Patisserie, while BGMEA in fashion designing. Concerned Industry Skills Councils are providing all-out supports, said a press release.