Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saudi Visas for Bangladeshis from April 20, 2015

Recently, it is reported that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has started the issuance of Visas for Bangladeshi Domestic Workers to come and work in the Kingdom, beginning from April 20. This announcement was made by the Ministry of Labor on Monday. This new regulation on the issuance of Visas comes after the recruitment pact which was signed between the countries’ governments.According to the deputy labor minister for international affairs, Ahmed Al Fahad, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, who is the Bangladeshi Minster for Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, had signed an agreement in their meeting in Dhaka.

The deputy Labor Minster, Al Fahad stated that it was a detailed and carefully thought out deal, and the ministry had kept every aspect involved in the process, in mind while drafting the deal. The deal signed between the two governments protects the rights of workers and employers both. The Bangladeshi workers coming to work in the Kingdom must have no criminal records or convictions, must be healthy and must also be trained in their respective professions.Every new worker coming from Bangladesh to the Kingdom must also be aware of the religious and cultural environment in the Kingdom and also the Labor regulations. Currently it is estimated that around 1.2 million workers from Bangladesh are working in the Kingdom.

The inflow of Bangladeshi workers into the Kingdom began after the Kingdom lifted the ban on hiring workers from Bangladesh. This ban was imposed in 2008.The Bangladeshi Minister, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, in an earlier statement said that the data center in Bangladesh had already registered around 2 million workers who were eligible to be employed in a foreign country. The minister added that these workers were exceptionally trained, which included the likes of nurses, engineers and over 500,000 maids. The city of Dhaka has already set up 64 centers which train these workers and make them eligible to gain foreign employment.

Mohamed Sarwar Alam, who is the Labor Counsel at the Bangladesh Embassy, recently spoke to Arab News and stated his delight on the signing of the new pact saying it was extremely good news for his country.The Labor Minister Adel Fakeih stated in January, that the Kingdom is extremely keen on hiring trained and professionally workers. He congratulated the signing of the new deal and also welcomed the new clear and simplified vetting process which has been now instituted by both the concerned governments and the respective authorities which were involved in the process of recruitment of these professional and trained workers.

For any under developed or developing country, the employment of their people in foreign destinations and the remittances they send back home are vital to keeping up progress in the country. The additional inflow of money into the country means that other than their own economy there is another source of income for the government to use in the development of the country. Saudi Arabia is known for their extensive workforce who comprises of hundreds of thousands of foreign expat workers.

Source: Arab News

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