Bangladeshi domestic workers especially the female housemaids are likely to get more jobs in the United Arab Emirates after three months as the country has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bangladesh on manpower recruitment.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam said Monday that the UAE would start recruiting the domestic workers from Bangladesh after three months.
The minister made the remarks while speaking at a press conference at the ministry conference room in Prabashi Kalyan Bhaban in the city.
Bangladesh and UAE have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Abu Dhabi and as per the MoU, the oil rich Gulf country would recruit the domestic workers for its 19 categories, said officials in Dhaka.
According to EWOE ministry officials, the proposed 19 categories of the domestic workers are housemaids, private sailors, watchmen, shepherd, security guard, family driver, falconer, housekeeper, cook, nanny, farmer, gardener, private couch, baby sitter, farmers, private nurse, private assistants, labourer, farm supervisor and parking worker.
The minister, however, said that a joint working committee would be formed very soon to fix the workers sending process, migration cost and other related issues.
Speaking at press conference, EWOE ministry’s secretary Nomita Halder who had signed the MoU on behalf of Bangladesh government informed that around 1000 Bangladeshi workers were involved with the criminal activities in the UAE.
Due to their evil activities, the UAE authorities said that they were reluctant to open the labour market to Bangladeshi workers, she said.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza was present among others senior officials.
According to BMET record, over 23.50 lakh Bangladeshi workers have gone to work in the UAE since 1976.
The UAE which was once largest recruiter of Bangladeshi workers had put restriction on hiring male workers from September 2012 citing irregularities in recruitment process. However the country keep on recruiting the female workers from Bangladesh.