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Asif Showkat Kallol
17 Oct 2020 21:17:23

Govt plans recognition scheme for 5 lakh freelancers

Govt plans recognition scheme for 5 lakh freelancers

A total of 5,00,000 freelancers will be certified under National Efficiency Development Authority (NEDA) as they are neglected by the society even in the event of finding spouses for marriage, an official of authority said.

The official of the NEDA said the country’s freelancers want social recognition as they earn maximum amount of foreign currency.

With the advent of rapid digitalization and more people are relying on digital outsourcing from freelancing services across the globe due to Covid-19, official also said.

To evaluate the efficiency of the freelancers a meeting was hold at Prime Minister's Office with Principal Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus in the chair.

As per meeting decision, NEDA will process the certification that valuation of efficiency of the Bangladeshi freelancers.

It also decided to formulate guidelines for freelancers within one month. To complete the guideline a consultant will be appointed by the NEDA.

A workshop will also be arranged by NEDA for finalise the guidelines of the freelancers, according to the meeting decision.

It was also discussed in the meeting that the digitalization of the country’s economy not only drives innovation in its service industry, but creates domestic job opportunities, expediting faster economic growth. In the quest to lower costs and risks, many large corporations in developed nations like the US, UK and Australia are turning to IT outsourcing from countries including Bangladesh, leading to a recent boom in freelancing.

Earlier, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said people are earning more than one lakh taka by freelancing instead of pursuing jobs. 

They are getting recognition from the government, now freelancers are registered under ICT ministry, she said

Meanwhile, the ICT division and Bangladesh Freelancer Development Society has already created database of the country’s freelancers and provide them a digital card, called as ‘Free ID’ which they are using for banking activity and other formal uses.

ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said they have arranged different training programmes for local freelancers in coronavirus pandemic.

We will certify the freelancers after evaluating their efficiency, he said. 

Freelancing jobs include everything from computer programming to web design, tax file preparation, and search engine optimization. This has generated a wide range of new opportunities for people in emerging markets that did not previously exist. Asia has become the number one region for services outsourced the rest of the world.

Freelancing offers many advantages, including the freedom to choose clients and projects, access to the global market, and flexibility over location. Most importantly, freelancers can avoid the long, frustrating hours commuting in traffic in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.

Consequently, freelancing has become a popular career option for many Bangladeshi people, offering a new and flexible source of income that suits their lifestyles.

The rapid digitalization of Bangladesh – including easy internet access in urban areas and government and non-government initiatives to promote freelancing – has contributed to the recent growth of this way of working.

As a result, Bangladesh has already become the second-largest supplier of online labour, according to the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). About 500,000 active freelancers are working regularly, out of 650,000 registered freelancers in the country; between them they are generating $100 million annually, according to the ICT Division of Bangladesh.

India is the largest supplier of online labour, with close to 24% of total global freelance workers, followed by Bangladesh (16%) and the US (12%). Different countries focus on different sectors of freelancing services. For instance, technology and software development is dominated by Indian freelancers, while Bangladesh is the top supplier of sales and marketing support services.

One in every 10 Bangladeshi young people is unemployed, according to research by World Vision Bangladesh. Moreover, thousands of graduates who are finishing their studies at different public and private universities in Bangladesh are failing to find suitable positions in the job market each year.