May 26, 2024

Diplomatic Correspondent: Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud on Friday urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to ease the visa procedure for Bangladeshi workers in all categories as well as transfer of work permit from one employer to another.

He made the appeal while holding a bilateral meeting with the UAE Minister for Human Resources and Emiratization Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar in Dubai, a Foreign Ministry press release said here.

During the meeting, they discussed on recruitment of more Bangladeshi nationals in all sectors of the UAE job market as well as in all Emirates, specially the recruitment of Bangladeshi graduate nurses, healthcare technicians, caregivers, professionals and agro farmers.

Informing that there is no bar in place to the employment of Bangladeshi workers, the UAE minister said that his government is focusing on recruiting skilled workforce based on the demand of the technology-driven job market.

He also appraised about the use of AI (artificial intelligence) and related software to process the recruitment and management of the workforce in UAE and expressed concerns over the credentials of skills verification and certification of the job seekers, said the press release.

The foreign minister apprised the UAE minister that the Bangladesh government took initiatives for enhancing the skills of UAE-bound workforce and expressed Dhaka’s readiness to hire UAE language trainers in this regards.

Referring to the Kuwait government’s decision to recruit skilled nurses from Bangladesh, Hasan Mahmud requested the UAE minister to employ qualified nurses and medical professionals from Bangladesh.

The UAE minister welcomed the proposal and assured that they would examine the Kuwaiti recruitment model in the upcoming joint technical committee meeting in Dhaka.

Both sides also discussed the welfare issues of the Bangladeshi expatriate community residing in the UAE.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE, Md. Abu Zafar was present.

Hasan Mahmud is scheduled to hold bilateral consultation with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan this evening at the Royal Palace in Al Ain city.

During the two day visit, the foreign minister will also attend a community meeting with Bangladeshi expatriates living in the UAE in observance of the historic 7th March.
Religious Affairs Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Central Committee Advocate Sirajul Mustafa is accompanying the foreign minister.

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