Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen expressed Bangladesh’s willingness to collaborate further with the Maldives on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
He highlighted that climate is an existential as well as development issue for both Bangladesh and the Maldives.The Foreign Minister stated this when the departing High Commissioner of the Maldives Ms. Aishath Shaan Shakir made a farewell call on him on Wednesday at the State Guesthouse Padma. Momen also stressed the need for countries to fulfill their COP commitments.
While highlighting that “Maldives is Bangladesh’s time tested partner and friend”, the Foreign Minister commended the Maldivian envoy for her proactive engagements in Bangladesh, which has contributed much to advancing the Bangladesh-Maldives relations.
High Commissioner Shakir appreciated the diligence and sincerity with which Bangladeshi expatriate workers are serving in the Maldives. Nearly 100,000 Bangladeshi expatriates are employed in the Maldives in tourism and fishing industries. This is the largest expatriate community in South Asia.
To ensure that rights of the workers are well protected, Momen suggested that all recruitments should be made through agencies nominated by the Government of Bangladesh and duly endorsed by the Bangladesh High Commission in Male. He called upon the Government of Maldives to enforce safe and conducive workplace condition for Bangladeshi wage earners.