With more facilities , more people attracted into the country
With the increasing in economic opportunity in the country and with access to free health care services and the education, this attracts people to get into the country through work related activities, marriages and through tourism, this was said by Foreign Minister, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji last Friday during 21st Meet the Press session.
Lyonpo said that Bhutan will be graduating soon from Least Developed Countries (LDC). He said that there is lots of pressure especially regarding employment for various reasons.
Even they are coming with the work permit but once they are inside the country they wanted to be here as long as possi- ble. And their tendency is to stay here even if their work permit is expired, said the Lyonpo.
To ensure the people who should be outside country on time, Lyonpo said that the rules and regulation of immigration has to be revised.
In order to come into the country, they need to have the qualification of bachelor degree and three years of working experience.
He said that there are lots of incidences where people come in as an experts and professional engage but when they do check up on the education back ground then they are not an experts or professionals in the field.
“Then we have to verify the documents, therefore we have started the system to require any professionals to produce certificate” said the Lyonpo.
He further said that it could be a bachelor degree or diploma or equivalent to bachelor degree but he said that they should have something to prove that they have the qualifications otherwise anybody can come that he is a chef or an experts on Chinese language. But how do we believe on those people. Therefore the government has to ask for the certificates.
“The whole idea to change the rule was to ensure that we don’t bring people in the country under the disguise of professional or experts as there is a misuse of the privilege given to our people,” said the Lyonpo .
He said that the need for bachelor degree and three years of working experience is to do with white color jobs, like managerial experts and professionals but for unskilled people like laborers doesn’t required. If someone brings as manager, then they should at least show their qualification and experience.
He said that within the country there are many graduates who didn’t get jobs but if we look at the number of foreign workers in the country we see lots of people that this very jobs for which a Bhutanese citizen can easily do.
Lyonpo said that the image of FDI destination will not be affected because when more professional people are employed then the FDI is going to be successful.
The reason why people are not switching over to private or corporate agencies is because there is no professional trainings support from the government to help for the development of professionals.
Labor minister Ngeema Sangay Tshempo said that it is very important to develop the professionalism of our own people and to do that ministry of labor is working hard to help them to build the professional, making efforts and also encouraging private entrepreneur to develop.
He added that the government is also trying to invest in human resources to help the professionals in the private sector to come up and to employ our own nationals.
Meanwhile, today there are 1036 male professionals and 63 female professionals making the total of 1,099 professionals in the country.