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Labour Market: Govt now looking for alternatives

Labour Market: Govt now looking for alternatives

Online deck: Mentioning that the employment situation in different countries, especially in the oil-dependent Middle Eastern states, might not remain the same as before due to the pandemic, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government was working to explore alternative labour markets and send workers there.

"New labour markets are being explored through the [Bangladesh] embassies in this regard. In the present situation, it is not possible to send labourers temporarily to South East Asian countries, including South Korea and Singapore. However, sending workers to Middle Eastern countries has started at the desired level," she told parliament while replying to a query from Jatiya Party MP Shameem Haider Patwari.

About alternative labour markets, the PM said 50 Bangladeshi workers obtained Romanian work visas in October last year and another 260 work visas was under process by the Romanian government.

 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said 240 skilled workers were sent to Uzbekistan for the first time on November 7 last year. They are working at a project under an engineering company in Qarshi, Uzbekistan.

"Besides, another 648 Bangladeshi workers will be sent to Uzbekistan. Efforts are underway to export manpower to that country in other sectors."

The leader of the House said there are bright prospects for Bangladesh's labour market in Africa, specially in Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Libya.

She said the government has taken various measurers to send back the Bangladeshi expatriates who lost their jobs abroad during the pandemic and could not return to their workplace after getting stuck at home. The government is making it happen through creating new employment opportunities for the expatriates.

In this connection,  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government was communicating with foreign ministers of different manpower recruiting countries.

"Importance is being given on three issues -- ensuring minimum food and health facilities for the sacked expatriates, sending them home after paying six month's salaries and allowances and other benefits, and requesting the destination countries to set up Covid-19 recovery and respond fund to create employment and small industries in those countries," she added.

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