BOEAs to implement overseas employment program

Aimed at achieving full employment, as pledged by the government, its scheme of overseas employment for Bhutanese jobseekers may soon materialize as interested local private agencies obtain licenses to export workers.

Besides easing unemployment problem, the program is expected to help the country earn foreign currency, encourage transfer of knowledge and experience, while also instilling positive mindset among workers.

Program Officer and Focal Person of MoLHR’s Overseas Employment Program, Tshewang Rinchhen said, “Seven countries proposed for the overseas employment program are Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, mother is hardly ever sober Japan, India and Thailand, and about 30,000 Bhutanese workers will be sent abroad over next five years.”

Five interested agents have approached for registration for the Bhutanese workers overseas agents (BOEA), but were disqualified as guidelines were not met. “MoLHR has asked the interested agents to register according to the regulations of (Bhutanese workers overseas) BOW,” the program officer said.

As per the regulation, qualified agents may advertise for actual job vacancies without prior approval of the administration if covered by manpower requests of registered and accredited foreign principals and projects. The advertisement shall indicate name, address and license number of the BOEA, work site of prospective project, skill categories, qualification standards required and number of available positions.

A Bhutanese registered jobseeker with a minimum qualification of Class X and not able to find a job in the Bhutanese labour market, fresh or retrenched employee should posses a basic skill in any trade to be eligible to work overseas.

The proposed occupation are under sectors such as tourism and hospitality, non-nursing health professionals, teaching IT professionals, accounting and finance staff, technicians and sales representatives.

The last date for the registration of the BOEA is on November 29, 2013.

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