Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment ministry State Minister Imran Ahmad on Sunday urged the recruiting agencies to extend their manpower services to upazila level.
Extending migration services to upazila level would remove middlemen from recruitment process and also reduce the migration cost of the workers, he said.
The EWOE state minister made the call at a meeting with Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
BAIRA president Benjir Ahmed, former president Abul Bashar and incumbent secretary general Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman, among others, were present at the meeting.
Imran Ahmed said that the recruiting agencies would have to open their offices at the upazila level so that migration cost of the outbound migrant workers could be reduced.
‘Monitoring will be strengthened to stop involving middlemen in the process of safe, orderly and regular migration,’ he said, adding that migration cost was increasing mainly due to several tiers involvement of the middlemen.
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the government would emphasize on enhancing skilled labour migration from Bangladesh, he added.
EWOE ministry secretary in charge Rownaq Jahan, Wage Earners Welfare Board director general Gazi Mohammad Julhas, Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training director general Salim Reza and senior officials of ministry and concerned department were present at the meeting.