Comprehensive Systems Review of the Bangladesh Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET)
- Responsible Organisations: International Labour Organization (ILO) (International Organisation); Bangladesh Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) (Government)
- ILO Regions: Asia and the Pacific
- Country(ies): Bangladesh
- Thematic areas: Evidence-based policy making; Policy coherence
- MLFLM: 3.; 1.(a),(b); 2.; 4.; 5.; 7.; 12.; 15.
The Bangladesh Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) is a lead government entity delivering a range of labour migration, licensing and training services. A Comprehensive Systems Review of the BMET was carried out in 2013-2014 as part of the ILO's SDC-funded project on 'Promoting Decent Work through Improved Migration Policy and its Application in Bangladesh'. The review, designed in consultation with the BMET and other stakeholders, aimed to identify strengths, good practices, and areas for improvement, and collect feedback from the workers themselves. The comprehensive review included more than 200 documents; 45 hours of personal interviews with various stakeholders; and 28 meetings in Dhaka and in Chittagong involving around 50 key officials from BMET, the Wage Earners' Welfare Fund, the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE), other government bodies, recruitment agents, NGOs, and District Employment and Manpower Offices. Based on the review, BMET together with the MEWOE is redrafting its regulatory framework or the sets of Rules to improve efficiency and accountability in its migration governance role. It is also seeking to develop a quality management system to improve client orientation. BMET has been a part of all bilateral labour migration negotiations to inform decision-making on labour migration related issues. These are some of the effects of the review that reflect the seriousness with which the Government of Bangladesh has been responding to the feedback. It is hoped that these improvements will pave the way for putting in place a robust and meaningful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) policy, including annual programme and financial audit provisions and reporting that will allow stakeholders to hold BMET accountable.