A delegation of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI), led by its president Anwar-ul-Alam Chowdhury, met German Ambassador to Bangladesh Achim Troster at the German Embassy in the city on Thursday.
The other two members of the delegation were BCI director K. M. Rifatuzzaman and its secretary general Ardhendu Shekhar Roy, according to a BCI press release.
The BCI leaders discussed various economic issues with the German envoy and sought his country’s cooperation to create skilled manpower for micro and small industries in Bangladesh.
The BCI president said that his organisation is the only chamber in entire Bangladesh representing all types of industries in both public and private sectors and it has been making significant contribution to the industrialisation and economic development of the country.
BCI has been working together to create and develop new entrepreneurs in micro and small scale industrial sector, he said adding that it has been working to overcome all obstacles in all local industries.
The BCI president further said that cottage, micro and small scale industries have been a potential sector in the country but there is a dearth of skilled manpower in the sector.
“Providing training to manpower for the micro and small scale industries, light engineering, agro-processing industries and other potential sector could play an important role in addressing the shortage of skilled manpower”, said the BCI president.
He mentioned the BCI wants to use the existing infrastructure of the country’s Technical Education Department to bring in skilled trainers from technically rich countries like Germany to create trainers who will later provide training to create skilled workers and managers across the country to address the problem.
The German Ambassador appreciated the BCI initiative and assured of his country's cooperation in bringing various trainers from private sector including GIZ of Germany to Bangladesh.