Singapore, Romania to hire 12,000 more Bangladeshis

Diplomatic Correspondent

23 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said his ministry is working relentlessly for creating employment opportunities for Bangladeshis in different countries.

He said the government had initially got worried seeing the impacts of coronavirus on Bangladeshi workers staying in different countries but things are getting normal following efforts taken by the Foreign Ministry.

"We’ve been working in various ways for creating employments for Bangladeshis," the foreign minister told diplomatic correspondents at his office on Monday.

He informed that Singapore will recruit 10,000 more Bangladeshis while Romania 2,000 others soon. “These are new avenues which is good news for us," he added.

Momen said Bangladesh has opened its mission in Romania recently and Romania has already recruited around 2,000 Bangladeshis in phases and they will recruit 2,000 more.

Romania will recruit Bangladeshis for 'Halal' meat processing units, he said, adding that the southeastern European country exports 'Halal' meat to other countries.

The foreign minister said the Bangladesh High Commission in Singapore is working beyond its capacity by issuing 500 visas every day as the Bangladesh mission issues work permits for Bangladeshi workers there.

On employment of female workers abroad, he said the government believes in equality between men and women. "So, it's difficult to accept the demand to stop sending female workers abroad by laws."

Momen said it is not female workers' fault but all must work together for their protection at workplaces.

He said female workers send 90 per cent of their income back home which is not seen in the case of their male counterparts.

The foreign minister said tougher steps taken by the Saudi government recently to prevent harassment of women will help decrease crimes against them.