Expat minister requests UAE to recruit more workers

Expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam requested the United Arab Emirates to recruit skilled workers from Bangladesh.

The minister made the request while UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr. Saeed Bin Hajar Al-Shehi met him at his office in Probashi Kalyan Bhaban on Sunday.

During the meeting, Nurul Islam through the Envoy urged the UAE government to recruit professionals including teachers, IT experts, engineers, doctors and nurses from Bangladesh.

He recalled that most of Bangladeshi workers want to work in the UAE considering it best place of works.

The Bangladeshi workers were earning fames by working hard and also contributing to economy of the both countries, he said.

Saeed Bin Hajar Al-Shehi lauded jobs done by Bangladeshi workers in the UAE.

He also assured his government’s cooperation to recruit skilled workers from the country.

Acting secretary to the ministry Begum Shamsun Nahar, additional secretary Jabed Ahmed and director general at Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training Md Selim Reza, among others were present at the meeting.

Ministry officials said that the UAE has officially stopped recruitments of workers from Bangladesh in September 2012 citing irregularities in the recruitment process.

But the Arab country still continued to recruiting the female workers, especially housemaids from Bangladesh, they said.

Millions of aspiring male workers are worried over the closure of an important job market like UAE, said manpower experts.

About 15 lakh Bangladeshi workers were currently employed in UAE.

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