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S'pore, Romania to recruit 12,000 workers from Bangladesh

FE Report | February 23, 2021 00:00:00

Singapore and Romania have offered new employment opportunity for Bangladeshis.

According to the foreign ministry, Singapore would recruit 10,000 Bangladeshis and Romania at least 2,000.

Commenting on the developments, foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said this was good news in the wake of uncertainty in the overseas job market.

"We were worried as the job market in the Middle East was volatile due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many countries started deporting foreign workers. So, the opportunity opened up in Singapore and Romania was really good news for us," he told newsmen at his office.

The minister said Romania wants to employ Bangladeshis in their halal meat factories as they are exporting halal meat to some European countries like Germany and France.

He also expressed the hope that after the verdict in the case of the murder of a Bangladeshi female worker in Saudi Arabia, incidents of torture on female workers would decrease.

"We have pursued the case seriously. We are happy that we have got justice. The perpetrators have got due punishment," the minister said, adding that this would give a signal to other employers in that country.

Saudi Arabia recruits the highest number of Bangladeshi women and most of them are working as domestic helps.

Presently, over 320 thousand women are working there, out of 600 thousand Bangladeshi women employed abroad.

The foreign minister also commented that the government is against suspension of recruitment of Bangladeshi women abroad.

Many have demanded stopping the recruitment of Bangladeshi women overseas as some of them fell victim to torture.

"But our constitution ensures equal rights for both men and women. So, we cannot deprive women of this opportunity. Moreover, we are in favour of addressing the issue of torture instead of suspending the process," he said.

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