Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (BBN)-The Ministry of Labour will soon overturn a two-year-old ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower, and will allow private companies to hire nationals from that country, Al-Riyadh daily has reported, quoting sources close to the ministry.
This measure comes after a visit of Bangladesh Labour Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain to Saudi Arabia last week, reports the Arab News.
During his visit, Hossain announced his country’s completion of all requirements set by the Saudi Ministry of Labour in this regard, sources said.
India’s insistence on imposing more terms and conditions on Saudi businessmen to recruit Indian workers, including raising minimum wages to SR1,500, has hindered labour agreements with the Kingdom.
During their recent talks, the Bangladesh minister and Saudi Labour Minister Adel Fakeih talked about the development of the recruitment system in the Kingdom.
As part of the joint efforts, both sides stated that Bangladeshi workers would have certain levels of skills, labour culture and knowledge of labour laws prevailing in the Kingdom, the paper said.
According to the Bangladeshi official, his country has set up a center for manpower.
The center will streamline the recruitment process with Saudi Arabia, and has a database with nearly 2.2 million workers, which is currently used to send manpower to other countries such as Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong, Hossain said.
BBN/AS-1Feb15-9:30am (BST)