Update August 12, 2016

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Bangladesh thanks Saudi King for lifting ban on workers recruitment

Mirajul Moin Joy

The meeting between the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in  June paved the way for the ban on Bangladeshi workers to be lifted. Photo: SPA

The meeting between the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in June paved the way for the ban on Bangladeshi workers to be lifted. Photo: SPA

12 August2016, Nirapad News: The government of Bangladesh yesterday expressed gratitude to King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his “generous” gesture of lifting its ban on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers.

“The people and the government of Bangladesh expressed their deep gratitude to King Salman for this generous gesture towards Bangladesh and for his continued support to the country,” according to a press statement issued here yesterday.

The statement came following withdrawal of ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers yesterday by the Labour and Social Development Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The ban had been in force for the past seven years except for domestic service workers.

Earlier, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi said lifting ban on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers is an outcome of the meeting between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in June.

Talking to BSS over phone from Riyadh, he said opening the recruitment channel from Bangladesh has been made possible following hectic efforts of present Bangladesh government, especially of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“It will open up a huge market of exporting Bangladeshi manpower to Saudi Arabia,” he said adding the new decision would pave the way for building up strong economic ties between the two brotherly countries for mutual benefits.

He added that with the lifting of the ban, now all categories of workers which include skilled, unskilled, professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, farm and construction workers from Bangladesh could be recruited for working in Saudi Arabia.

Answering a question, Moshi said the Saudi Arabia had already kept their computer unlocked from yesterday (Wednesday) and now the Saudi companies will apply for recruiting workers from Bangladesh.

He suggested strong monitoring with regard to manpower export from Bangladesh so no unscrupulous Bangladeshi manpower export agencies could destroy the image of Bangladesh in Saudi Arabia.

The Ambassador said Bangladesh can do better in terms of exporting manpower to Saudi Arabia than that of India and Sri Lanka as Bangladeshi workers are “very intelligent, hard working and more competitive”.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to the Kingdom urged Saudi investors to invest in Bangladesh including in the skill development training centers and certification and assured them of all out support and cooperation.

By now the Saudi investors have entered into an agreement with BMET for four training centers in Dhaka, Chittagong, Manikganj and Mymensingh, the statement said.

Currently, there are 1.3 million Bangladeshi workers in the Kingdom including around 60,000 housemaids.

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