Minister leaves for Qatar to discuss manpower issues

Expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam on Tuesday left for Qatar on a four day official visit to discuss the manpower recruitment issues between two countries.

In invitation of Qatari labour and social affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Al Khulaifi, the Bangladesh minister left Dhaka by a scheduled flight of Qatar Airways at 10:40am, said the minister’s informational officer Jahangir Alam.

During the visit, Bangladesh delegation, led by the minister was scheduled to sit in bilateral meeting with Qatari counterpart in Doha.

Minister’s private secretary Md Mohsin Chowdhury told that following an invitation of Qatari minister, Bangladesh delegation will sit in bilateral meetings with Qatari counterpart in Doha with main objective to expedite recruitment of more construction workers ahead of world cup 2020.

Minister Nurul Islam is to visit several dormitories and workplaces where Bangladeshi workers live and work in the oil rich gulf country.

Secretary to expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry Khandaker Md Ifthekhar Haider, Director General of Wage Earners’ Welfare Board Gazi Mohammad Julhas, ministry’s Joint secretary Abdur Rouf , minister’s private secretary Mohsin Chowdhury and deputy secretary Badrul Arefin will be members of Bangladesh delegation.

According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, Qatar has been recruiting Bangladeshi workers since 1976. About 480,000 Bangladeshi workers have so far gone to Qatar with employment visas, data show.

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