Update January 20, 2015

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Saudi to open up labour market for Bangladeshi workers shortly

Mirajul Moin Joy

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih receives visiting Bangladesh Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and his delegation, in Riyadh on Monday. (AN photo)

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih receives visiting Bangladesh Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and his delegation, in Riyadh on Monday. (AN photo)

Nirapad News : Saudi Labour Minister Engr. Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih expressed his country’s readiness to open up the Saudi labour market for Bangladeshi workers soon.

He expressed the desire for close cooperation in the area of human resources during a meeting on Tuesday with Bangladesh Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandker Mosharraf Hossain held in the afternoon in Riyadh, says a press release of Expatriates’ Welfare Ministry on Tuesday.

The bilateral meeting between the two ministers was held in the backdrop of a long standing impasse on labour export from Bangladesh. During the meeting, the Saudi Labour Minister termed relations between the two countries a time tested and deep rooted one with common history, faith, culture and traditions.

Bangladesh expat minister appreciated the noble gesture of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his Government towards Bangladesh over the years, particularly in providing facilities to change the Iqama and regularization of employment status during the amnesty period from May to November 2013, which facilitated regularization of 7,99,186 Bangladesh nationals in the Kingdom.

During the bilateral meeting, both ministers discussed at length about the manpower related issues and agreed to enhance human resource development cooperation between the two brotherly countries.

The Saudi Labour Minister underscored the transparent mechanism of recruitment process with online verification by all parties involved in the process.

In this regard, he proposed involvement of Skill Verification Services (SVS) in the recruitment process, particularly to secure interest of both the employees and employers.

He proposed introduction of a “life-cycle” monitoring system for domestic workers from the day they take up a job in the KSA, which is to be maintained until the end of their employment.

The Minister also suggested for developing an online portal, a repository of information related to workers from Bangladesh, for future use by the Ministry of Labour, the Court and other authorities.

Bangladesh Minister welcomed the proposals and expressed keen interest to work together for the implementation of these ideas.

He apprised the Saudi Minister about the entire overseas recruitment process in Bangladesh where the government has introduced 3 tier screening process, issuance of MRP and reduction of migration cost.

The two ministers also agreed on forming a Joint Consultative Committee with the objective of improving of the recruitment process and resolving any outstanding issue whatsoever to maximize the interest of both the countries.

Deputy Minister of Labour Dr Ahmed Alfahaid and HRH Prince Saud Bin Talal were among the senior Saudi officials present in the meeting.

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