Dhaka to woo UAE to reopen labour market

A high level delegation led by expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam on Monday left for United Arab Emirates to negotiate for reopening labour markets for Bangladeshis, said officials.

The UAE, an important labour market for Bangladeshis, stopped recruitment from Bangladesh since 2013, rasing allegation of irregularities in the recruitment process.  

During the official visit Minister Nurul Islam was scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Human Resources and Emiratisation minister Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash,  deputy prime minister and interior minister Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said a press release of the ministry.

UAE recruited over 23 lakh workers from Bangladesh since 1976 and of them 1.23 lakh workers were females.

The official delegation was comprised of, among others, EWOE ministry’s secretary Begum Shamsun Nahar, joint secretary Mizanur Rahman and joint secretary also PS of minister Md Mohsin Chowdhury. The delegation is expected to return home on May 21.

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