Saudi envoy assures govt of looking into visa-related problems

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 01 Dec 2016, 21:54:12
Male workers' recruitment

Saudi envoy assures govt of looking into visa-related problems

FE Report


Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Abdullah H. M. Al-Mutairi assured the government on Thursday that he would look into the visa-related problems arisen over recruitment of male workers from Bangladesh.

The Saudi envoy gave the assurance during his meeting with Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment (EWOE) Minister Nurul Islam at the latter's office in the city.

At the meeting, the Saudi envoy also mentioned that his office would enhance manpower to accelerate visa issuing process as the embassy is currently under pressure to deal with a growing number of visa applications especially for Omrah, a senior official of the expatriates' welfare ministry told the FE.

The Saudi ambassador said he will sit with the GAMCA (Gulf Approved Medical Centres Association) and discuss how to make easier the facilities for the overseas jobseekers.

Saudi Arabia stopped issuing visas for Bangladeshi male workers since last three weeks, showing inability of supply of female workers by the recruiting agencies, according to the manpower recruiters. They alleged that the Saudi embassy imposed 25 per cent female quota for the recruiters to be qualified for sending male workers there.

EWOE secretary Begum Shamsun Nahar, joint secretary Azharul Huq and director general of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) Selim Reza, among others, were present at the meeting.

Currently, about 1.5 million Bangladeshis are working in Saudi Arabia in different trades.

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