7 teams to scout jobs overseas
The government has decided to send seven teams to different countries of Asia, Europe and Africa to explore new job markets.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday informed parliament in response to lawmakers' queries on the government's steps to send more workers abroad.
The government intends to send workers to new labour markets in Iraq, Romania, Australia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Papua New Guinea, Congo, Liberia, Algeria, South Africa, Angola and Sudan, stated the minister. “Workers have been sent to some of these countries already.”
The Malaysian government has recently pledged to resume appointment process for Bangladeshi workers very soon, said Mosharraf, adding a delegation led by the expatriates' welfare ministry secretary has recently visited Malaysia with this end in view.
The minister also mentioned that a process is underway to send more workers to Japan under an agreement with Japan International Training Co-operation Organisation.
Mosharraf informed the House about government's decision to set up labour wings in Bangladesh missions in Italy, Japan and Jordan to secure more employment for Bangladeshis.
About 7.99 lakh workers went to different countries between January 2009 and October this year.