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‘More workers may go abroad this year’

Published : 27 May 2023 01:58 AM

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.