Provincial Level Dialogue to discuss the role of local government in addressing the issues of foreign employment

PNCC organized Provincial Level Dialogue to discuss on the role of local government for addressing the issues of foreign employment in Sunsari of Province 1 under the support of Open Society Policy Center (OSPC) on 14 March 2021.

Objective:

  • To participate in provincial level dialogue on the role of local government to address the issues of foreign employment.

Program overview:

A total of 32 participants attended the program to have an extensive discussion. Event was facilitated by media personnel, Mr. Bhumi Raj Parajuli and chaired by PNCC Chairperson, Mr. Kul Prasad Karki. Executive Director, Mr. Som Prasad Lamichhane gave welcome remarks by highlighting event objective, migration trends for foreign employment along with the background of PNCC.

Likewise, Resource Person, Dr. Thaneshwor Bhusal, Under Secretary, MoLESS, presented a comprehensive presentation on migration and foreign employment. He highlighted on the topics including provision mentioned in Foreign Employment Act, Nepal’s international commitments in labour law and migration, GCM, Colombo Process, Abu Dhabi Dialogue, ILO Convention, data recorded in Foreign Employment Information Management System (FEIMS), Nepal’s labour agreement with receiving countries and many more. Towards his presentation, he recommended that there is a need to work on three key areas i.e. “Employment, Entrepreneurship and Social integration” for returnee migrants and these areas should be kept into priority by local government.

Major discussions:

Pradip Chandra Rai- Chairperson, Chulachuli Rural Municipality stated that there should be uniformity in rules and regulations of foreign labor migration. He also acknowledged the initiatives done by PNCC. Likewise, a representative from Diktel Municipality, Dip Narayan Rijal, Mayor briefed on the works done by the municipality and stated that this is the first-ever municipality that has introduced and formulated the first periodic plan incorporating foreign employment. He also mentioned that the municipality is working best to offer jobs to those who have returned from foreign employment. He also highlighted that municipalities should be responsible regarding employment opportunities. He further added about the initiatives for COVID-19 response support done by the municipality. A total of 120 beneficiaries received various support from the municipality.

Similarly, representative from Urlabari Municipality- Murari Prasad Ghimire, Section shared that the municipality has also micro- industry plan and this plan has targeted to generate employment for returnee. He further added, “This municipality is collecting data from Prime Minister Employment Program (PMEP). From the municipality level, we are trying to categorize the training into two parts such as driving training and technical training like Bakery, Plumber, Electrician and so on. We have planned to provide 6 months self-employment training for returnee.” Additionally, representative from Damak Municipality-Keshab Prasad Prasai, Officer stated that the municipality is giving financial literacy training to 100 women. They are also giving orientation in the local level. Further, it is also giving beautician training to three ladies who are aspiring for foreign labor migration and organic farming to others. 

Further, a representative from Budhabare municipality shared that most youths are aspiring for foreign employment and to make them more skilled, the municipality has been giving driving training to 300 youths. Likewise, those who returned are receiving unseasonal farming training. He also added that the municipality has been providing awareness programs to those children whose parents are in foreign employment. They have also started interaction sessions with the returnees. A representative from Rangeli Municipality, Keshav Kumari Kharel, Deputy Mayor added that his municipality is doing need assessment in two wards.

Conclusion:

  • Sharing and coordination strengthening for safer migration practices and reintegration approaches,
  • Knowledge upon local government’s experiences and initiatives for safe and dignified labor migration, and,
  • Sharing of good practices by municipality resulting as a motivational factor for another municipality.

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