Dhaka, Bangladesh
BD needs to explore new market

Manpower export

BD needs to explore new market

News Report Bangladesh needs to explore new labour market in overseas countries as the country's manpower export dropped in the just concluded calendar year 2019, sources in the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) and Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) said. Manpower export to overseas countries dropped some 5.00 per cent last year as Bangladesh exported a total of 700,159 workers in the just concluded calendar year 2019. Bangladesh exported a total of 734,181 workers in 2019 and 1008,525 workers in 2018,according to data of BMET. According to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Bangladeshi workers are currently sent to 168 countries. Bangladesh needs to work hard on reopening of labour markets in UAE and Malaysia to give a boost to manpower export, said a Baira leader. Malaysia and UAE only recruited a total of 545 workers and 3318 respectively last year. Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur agreed to reopen the Malaysian labour market soon, which was suspended by the Mahathir-led government over a year ago on allegations of monopoly by a manpower syndicate. Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Selim Reza told the media recently that some closed labour markets would reopen in 2020. "We'll be able to send more workers abroad this year when the new markets will reopen. There'll be greater remittance inflow, too," he said. Additional secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Munirus Salehin said, "Regional issues, for example the localization in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, didn't allow us to send as many workers as we had targeted. Besides, fewer workers went to Malaysia as the country closed its labour market." According to him, Bangladesh received US $ 16,667.79 million Remittance of till November 2019 while it was US $ 15,544.68 million during the corresponding period in 2018. He said the remittance inflow marked a rise by 6 percent in 2019 compared to that of 2018 due to a 2 percent incentive given to migrant workers. He further said the 'e-management service' will be launched this year where the list of all workers going abroad will be uploaded in software. "Financial transactions for the outgoing workers will be carried out through banks. Ensuring good governance is our main objective." Secretary General Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury told the media that the number of workers who went abroad last year is still high though the major overseas labour markets were closed. "Fewer people were sent to the UAE and Malaysia as the labour markets there were closed." "Labour markets in China, Japan, Macau, Seychelles, Romania, Croatia and Poland were opened last year. I'm optimistic that new markets will be added to that list in 2020," he said.

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