FM urges to find labor market outside Middle East
Published: 02:07 PM, 7 January 2022 Updated: 04:36 PM, 7 January 2022
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen; File Photo
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen has urged to find a labor market outside the Middle East. “About 80 percent of our expatriate workers are in the Middle East. But we also want to send manpower to other regions,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said our missions in different countries of the world would be responsible for finding new labor markets and arranging our manpower there. As a result, Bangladesh will play a direct role in the development of that country. On the other hand, our workers will be able to contribute to the development of Bangladesh by sending remittances.
He made the remarks while exchanging English New Year greetings at a virtual meeting with Bangladesh ambassadors and high commissioners posted abroad on Thursday.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Friday.
“If we can make our labor force more efficient and employ it abroad, no one will be able to hold us back,” Dr. AK Abdul Momen said.
The Foreign Minister gave various directions for the implementation of Economic Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy as a strategic diplomatic initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make Bangladesh an upper-middle-income country by 2031 and a developed and prosperous country by 2041.
Referring to the issue of taking people by Romania recently, the Foreign Minister said, “We need to increase our diplomatic efforts to send our manpower to other countries as well.”
He also called for increased contacts with the governments of African countries to create opportunities for sending Bangladeshi workers there through contract farming.
Dr. Abdul Momen emphasized creating opportunities to utilize the country’s manpower by attracting foreign investors to Bangladesh. At the same time, he directed the officials of the Bangladesh missions to carry out diplomatic activities for the purpose of increasing the trade of Bangladesh abroad.
“The country also needs to play a role in technology transfer to keep pace with the developed world,” he said.
The Foreign Minister called upon the officers and employees to work together to enhance the status of Bangladesh abroad, especially, to be by the side of expatriate Bangladeshis and to enhance the quality of service in the missions.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masud Bin Momen, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Maritime Affairs Unit) Rear Admiral (Retd.) Khurshid Alam, Secretary (West) Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary (East) Mashfi Binte Shams, ambassadors of Bangladesh to abroad and high commissioners, directors general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and concerned officials were also attended the meeting.