Swisscontact Bangladesh and Sheba Platform Limited (Sheba.xyz) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Swisscontact head office in Dhaka on 31 October 2018. The objective of this pilot project is to create better employment opportunities for poor and disadvantaged men and women who received skills training through B-SkillFUL and Uttoron projects of Swisscontact. Sheba.xyz will be enlisting the skilled graduates in the intervention districts of B-SkillFUL and Uttoron in its online platform. Sheba.xyz may further offer financial linkage services to the graduates aspiring to start their businesses so that they may become entrepreneurs and can recruit skilled graduates as wage employees.
Mr. Anirban Bhowmik, Country Director, Swisscontact Bangladesh and Mr. Ilmul Haque Sajib, COO, Sheba.xyz was present during the signing ceremony. Also present in the event were Mr. Yasin Arafat, Head of Sales and Mr. Masud Reza, Head of Partner Management from Sheba.xyz; Mr. Helal Hussain, Senior Portfolio Manager of Swisscontact Bangladesh, Mr. Mamunur Rahman, Team Leader of project Uttoron; Mr. Matiur Rahaman, Team Leader, Mr. Md. Makbul Hossain, Senior Manager, Training Operations, Md. Nazmul Avi Hossain, Manager: Private Sector Engagement and Mr. Nasir Uddin Rana, Project Coordinator-Training from project B-SkillFUL.
B-SkillFUL (Building Skills for Unemployed and Underemployed Labour) and Uttoron are two skills development projects implemented by Swisscontact. B-SKillFUL is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the European Union whereas Uttoron is funded by Chevron. Both of the projects encourage local training centres across the country to provide training to underserved and underprivileged men and women on demand driven skills. The projects also facilitate employment opportunities for men and women both in the formal and informal economy where workplace safety and labour rights are ensured. Sheba.xyz is a start-up which established a platform in the year 2015 connecting verified service providers to households or organizations that need services such as electrical and car repairs, plumbing, laundry, etc. The start-up expects to create 10,000 additional jobs in Bangladesh by the end of 2018. The company further aims to expand its operations in at least 4 other countries by 2021.