Update August 11, 2016

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Saudi Arabia opens recruitment of Bangladeshi workers after seven years

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

11 August 2016, Nirapad News: The Labour and Social Development Ministry of Saudi Arabia has finally lifted ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers yesterday after seven years following hectic efforts of Bangladesh government to this end.

“Opening the recruitment channel from Bangladesh is great news for us…and this has been made possible following hectic efforts of present Bangladesh government especially from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” said Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi today.

However, earlier the ban was relaxed in the case of recruitment of domestic help from Bangladesh last year, he said.

Talking to BSS over phone from Riyadh, the Bangladesh envoy said lifting ban on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia is an outcome of the meeting between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in June.

“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 all categories of Bangladeshi workers which include skilled, unskilled, professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, farm and construction workers.

When asked Moshi said the Saudi Arabia has already kept their computer unlocked from yesterday and now the Saudi companies will apply for recruiting workers from Bangladesh.

He suggested for strong monitoring in regard of manpower export from Bangladesh so that 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 worker and more competitive”

Currently, there are some 60,000 female domestics among the 1.3 million Bangladeshi workers in the Kingdom.

“Visas for male domestics were issued only from June, and there is a sizable number coming into the Kingdom regularly,” he said, adding that 6,000 female workers on average are arriving in the Kingdom per month.

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