Public Private Partnerships to achieve reintegration goals in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh: The opportunities that are created by Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly being realised across the Silk Routes region. At the same time, harnessing PPPs to achieve reintegration goals has not been looked at in the region. This is changing in Bangladesh, however, where economic and reintegration goals are being addressed through PPPs.

Public-Private Sector Partnership for Reintegration in Bangladesh started this year with a focus on strengthening partnerships among public and public sector for the effective, inclusive and sustainable reintegration of migrants. This brought together government, representatives from companies and civil society organisations. The initiative provided an opportunity to highlight the economic dimension of reintegration, bring forward successful reintegration initiatives from different countries and identify strategies for substantive, inclusive and sustainable engagement and partnership with the private sector on reintegration.

Attendees included trade unions as well as associations representing the hospitality service industry, garment manufacturing and construction as well as women entrepreneur associations, technical and vocational training institutes, employer federations and chambers of commerce. 

The initiative is funded by the European Union. It is organised by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), European Return and Reintegration Network (ERRIN) as well as the Bangladeshi Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWOE).