Indonesia supports Bangladesh’s efforts to develop an unemployment insurance roadmap

Indonesian social protection experts shared their knowledge and experiences of successfully developing and rolling out an unemployment insurance scheme with Bangladesh as the country contemplates developing its own unemployment insurance scheme for the workforce.

News | Dhaka | 06 October 2023
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Indonesian social protection experts shared their knowledge and experiences of successfully developing and rolling out an unemployment insurance scheme with Bangladesh as the country contemplates developing its own unemployment insurance scheme for the workforce.  

Participants drawn from government, employers’ and workers’ organizations drafted a roadmap that will guide the designing and implementing of an unemployment insurance scheme for Bangladesh.  

Fahmida Akhter, NDC, Additional Secretary (IO) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) stated that the creation of an unemployment insurance scheme is part of the vision of the Government of Bangladesh’s National Social Insurance Scheme (NSIS). “This proposed roadmap will help to initiate the unemployment insurance scheme in Bangladesh,” she said promising that the ministry would take forward the agenda in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

Unemployment insurance provides income security for job loss and facilitates return to work through employment promotion programmes such as re-skilling and providing business development support for aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Indonesian experts shared insights on the design and implementation of the country's unemployment insurance system, the Kehilangan Pekerjaan (JKP), and the overall social security structure in Indonesia.

The workshop, held from 2 to 5 October 2023, was a South-South Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) initiative aimed at building Bangladesh’s capacity in areas of social protection and social insurance.

Participants were drawn from the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), its Department of Labour (DoL), and Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), the Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation (BLWF), Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF), Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), IndustriALL Bangladesh (IBC), the National Consultative Council for Workers’ Education (NCCWE), International Trade Union Confederation Bangladesh (ITUC-BC), Bangladesh Labour Foundation, iBASS++, GIZ, UNDP, UNICEF, and RAPID, a knowledge partner.

The ILO facilitated studies and comprehensive capacity assessment and development for the tripartite partners, reaffirming commitment to provide technical assistance to ensure Bangladesh can develop a suitable unemployment insurance scheme.