The manpower market of Saudi Arabia for Bangladeshi workers is open from today. The news of the opening of the Saudi labour market for Bangladeshi workers was conveyed to Mr. Md. Shahidul Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Dr. Ahmed F. Alfahaid, Deputy Minister for International Affairs of the Ministry of Labour, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over telephone today. The Saudi Deputy Minister conveyed the news by saying that approval from the Royal Court has been received today in this regard.
The Saudi Deputy Minister also informed that a high level Saudi delegation comprising representatives from the concerned Ministries of Saudi Arabia is expected to visit Bangladesh probably in a week to formulate modalities of the recruitment.
Due to the uninterrupted diplomatic efforts of the Government of Bangladesh,
which was commenced by the official visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in April 2009, the long awaited Saudi labour market for Bangladeshi workers is open from today, which had been stopped since 2008. In order to follow up the issues, Hon’ble Foreign Minister and Hon’ble Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister of Bangladesh Government visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia several times in the past.
The Saudi Labour Minister H.E. Engr. Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih expressed his country’s readiness to open up the Saudi labour market for Bangladeshi workers shortly during a bilateral meeting with the Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment of Bangladesh Government, Engr. Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, MP, on 19 January 2015. The Saudi Labour Minister also expressed his country’s desire for close cooperation in the area of human resources with Bangladesh during the meeting.
The announcement of the opening up of the Saudi labour market for the Bangladesh manpower is a huge diplomatic success for Bangladesh. It would be considered as a milestone in the diplomatic achievement vis-a-vis Bangladesh-Sandi Arabia bilateral relations. The opening up of the Saudi labour market for Bangladesh workforce will provide enormous potential for the employment of professionals, skilled, semi-skilled and un-skilled manpower in various sectors of Saudi Arabia.