Bangladesh Inks Manpower Deal with Seychelles

Bangladesh and Seychelles signed a deal on manpower recruitment issue on Monday, paving the way for resumption of manpower sending from Bangladesh to the East African country. 

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad and Employment, Immigration and Civil Status Minister of Seychelles Myriam Telemaque signed the agreement in Victoria on behalf of their countries, said a press release, issued by Bangladesh mission in Mauritius.

Embassy officials, among others were present at the signing ceremony.

Seychelles suspended manpower hiring temporarily from Bangladesh in October 2018.  The ban was imposed after six Bangladeshi employees of a security firm approached media houses to express their frustration as their employers had failed to pay them their wages.

After that both the countries have shown interests to make a deal on manpower recruitment with a view to sending workers under a proper structure and lower migration cost.

After signing the deal Imran Ahmed said bilateral relation will be improved between the countries in sending workers as well as expands trade though the agreement.

The Indian Ocean nation hosts 25,000 foreign workers where the country’s population is about 100,000.

Expatriates welfare ministry officials said the demand for foreign workers is not higher in Seychelles. But the facilities including wages are attractive there.

So it can be lucrative market Bangladeshi workers. Seychelles needs expatriate workers for its construction, agriculture and hospitality sectors at monthly wages ranging from $400 to $ 500.

Currently, about 2,500 Bangladeshis are working in East African country in different sectors including construction, hospitality, fishing and farming.

Bangladesh sent over 12 million workers in different job destinations since 1976. Most of them went to the Middle Eastern countries, according to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training   statistics said.

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