Analysis of Skill Levels in Pharmaceutical Sector of Bangladesh .

Study Background

Taking advantage of the government support through the drug policy and the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) waiver of patent rights for the generic drug production under the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) , the country’s pharmaceutical sector has been growing steadily over the last twenty years. The domestic market of pharmaceutical products has shown a tremendous growth over the last few years and Bangladesh has started exporting pharmaceutical products. It is expected that the industry will grow further with the recent extension of WTO’s waiver of patent rights for the generic drug production under TRIPS.

To reap the full benefit of the WTO’s waiver of patent right under TRIPs and to strengthen the Bangladesh’s position in the global market as a pharmaceutical exporter, high quality product is vital. And this depends on skilled manpower, among other things. However, there is no notable study of any comprehensive assessment of skills in pharmaceutical industry in Bangladesh.

Objectives of the Study

Considering the importance of pharmaceutical industry on the economy of Bangladesh and the importance of skills for steady growth of this sector, the present study aims to assess the skills of pharmaceutical workers of the country. The specific objectives of the study are as follows:
i. To identify the different occupations in the pharmaceutical industry of Bangladesh.
ii. To assess the skill levels of different pharmaceutical employees i.e. the current skill level of the pharmaceutical employees and skill required for the job.
iii. To identify the number of foreign workers working in this sector and reasons for choosing foreign workers by employers.
iv. To forecast different skills required in pharmaceutical industry of Bangladesh. This will help the industry and policy makers to determine the different employees required in pharmaceutical industry.



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