15 September 2015, The Financial Express

Dhaka and Kuala Lumpur have agreed to integrate private recruiters with the existing G to G (government to government) arrangement to speed up manpower recruitment from Bangladesh.

As part of the step, a Memorandum of Understanding on G to G-plus will be signed today (Tuesday), said expatriates’ welfare minister Nurul Islam.

He was talking to reporters after a meeting with the Malaysian delegation at his office on Monday.

The minister expressed the hope that the Southeast Asian country will start manpower hire from Bangladesh within a month.

He said workers will be selected from the government’s database of 1.8 million job seekers.

Referring to migration costs, the minister noted that it could be Tk 36,000 to Tk 37,000 each under the government arrangement. And the cost might rise to Tk 60,000-or almost double the arrangement by the government-through private recruitment agencies.

Malaysia will take manpower from Bangladesh to the sectors, such as services, construction, and industries, the minister added.

He said under the new arrangement, workers will be sent to Malaysia through Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) and Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Limited (BOESL), both state agencies.

“We will also be able to involve the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) in the process,” said Mr Islam, referring the private group’s potential involvement once the MoU is signed.

A joint working group, headed by top ministry officials from both the countries held a meeting on Monday to scrutinise how to include private recruitment agencies in the G to G plus arrangement at the ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment in the city.

Under the joint working group, a Malaysian delegation led by its human resources ministry’s secretary general SarupuuddinBin Kj Kasim arrived in Dhaka on Saturday.

The minister said with the new arrangement manpower sending procedure will gain speed. “And we are working for this,” he said.



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