21 December 2015, Prothom Alo

Bangladesh will have to wait more to send ‘regular workers’ to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the labour recruiting companies of that country are still working on ‘redesigning’ their recruitment process.

Both the countries are, however, hopeful of export of ‘large scale’ Bangladeshi workers, including more skilled manpower, to the UAE soon.

“We’re working on it (sending workers). Issuance of visa was not fully stopped,” state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam told reporters after opening a new consular section of the UAE, the fourth of its kind outside the UAE, in the city.

He, however, said the opening of the modern consular section generates hopes that Bangladesh will be able to send regular workers on a ‘large scale’ to the UAE.
This is the fourth such consular section outside the UAE which is not available in other South Asian countries, said the State Minister.

“It (consular section) will ensure transparency while visa processing for Bangladeshis. And after arrival in the UAE, Bangladeshis will get smooth entry through E-gate avoiding queues at the airports,” he said.

Responding to a question on how Bangladesh can avail of the opportunity the World Expo 2020 offers in Dubai, the state minister said, “This is an opportunity (as many jobs are being created) that doesn’t come always. Everything is being done keeping the Dubai Expo in mind.”

Shahriar said the government is working on it to get benefited from the jobs that are being created and will be created ahead of the Expo 2020.



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