Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas EmploymentMinister Imran Ahmad has expressed hope more workers of the country might berecruited abroad this year.
"Compared to last year, more workers of the country are likely to go abroad this year," he said.
The minister said this while addressing as the chief guest at a seminar
titled: "Possibilities of Bangladesh remittance flow, challenges and
solutions" jointly organised by the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Foreign Employment and Better Bangladesh Foundation at the city's Foreign Service Academy.
Talking about the currency of reserve, he said: "Our reserve is declining over the period... We must have to admit that expatriates have a lot to contribute in the country's
reserve. I think the present government has donethat."
Senior Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Ahmed MunirusSaleheen and Saudi
Ambassador to Bangladesh Issa bin Youssef Al-Dahilan also spoke as the
special guests on the occasion.
Imran said Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country, can play an
important role in sending remittance money to the relatives of the overseas
workers. So, the central bank authority to adopt an easy system for the
overseas workers including 'mobile financial service' in sending money to
their families, the minister suggested.
Chaired by Better Bangladesh Foundation Chairman Professor Masud A Khan, the
seminar was also addressed, among others, by Director General (DG) of the
Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) M ShahidulAlam, Chairmanof Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) DrTasneem Siddiqui,Economist Dr Ahsan H Mansur, Chief Economist of Bangladesh Bank DrHabiburRahman, honorary Non-government Adviser (NGA) at Bangladesh CompetitionCommission Mohammad Shahjahan Siddiqui and Bangladesh Association ofInternational Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) Secretary General Ali Haider.