July 2, 2022

The expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry has claimed three outcomes during the recent visit of a ministry-level delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The delegation led by minister Nurul Islam BSc went to KSA on December 29 and returns on January 4.

The minister had a bilateral meeting with Saudi Minister for Labour Mufarrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani in Riyadh on December 31.

“We proposed to form a joint working group during the meeting, and the Saudi government has agreed to form it,” ministry joint secretary Kazi Abul Kalam, who also accompanied the delegation, told the migrationnewsbd.com over phone on Wednesday.

Besides, the Saudi has agreed to setup a training centre in Bangladesh, the official said.

The oil-rich country also agreed to issue visas for male migrants under domestic worker category.

Earlier, during the negotiation of opening labour market last year, the Saudi government gave consent to recruit 12 types of jobs under the domestic worker category.

The oil-rich nation wanted to recruit male workers for 11 types of jobs including cook, guard, driver and guard.

But only female migrants have got  jobs for the last couple of months.

During the recent bilateral talks, the Bangladesh delegation requested the Saudi side to issue visa for male migrants. The Saudi side agreed to issue visas for male migrants, the joint secretary claimed.

Saudi Arabia, home to around 12,00,000 Bangladeshi migrants officially but unofficially number not less than 15,00,000, has recruited 58,270 Bangladeshi migrants in 2015. However, the number was only 10,657 in 2014, according to data of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), a regulatory authority for overseas employment.

The ministry senior official said the trend shows the Saudi labour market for Bangladeshis is growing.

During the meeting, Bangladesh side also requested the Saudi autority to issue visas to male relatives of female migrants. The Saudi side appreciated the idea.

Meanwhile, the expat ministry organised a press conference at the ministry at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban on Wednesday morning.

During the press briefing, minister Nurul Islam BSc said the overseas employment has increased in comparison to the last year.

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