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Foreign Minister urges to find labor market outside the Middle East

Foreign Minister. AK Abdul Momen has called for finding a labor market outside the Middle East. In this regard, he said, our missions in different countries of the world will be responsible for finding new labor markets and making arrangements for the recruitment of our manpower there.

He made the remarks while exchanging English New Year greetings at a virtual meeting with Bangladesh ambassadors and high commissioners stationed abroad on Thursday (January 8th) evening.

The Minister said if a labor market is created abroad, on the one hand Bangladesh will play a direct role in the development of that country, on the other hand our workers will be able to contribute to the development of Bangladesh by sending remittances.

Dr. “If we can make our workforce more efficient and employ it abroad, no one will be able to hold us back,” Momen said. About 80 percent of our migrant workers are in the Middle East. But we also want to send manpower to other regions.

The Foreign Minister gave various directions for the implementation of Economic Diplomacy and Public Diplomacy as a strategic diplomatic initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make Bangladesh an upper middle income country by 2031 and a developed and prosperous country by 2041.

Referring to the recent influx of people into Romania, the Foreign Minister said that we need to increase our diplomatic efforts to send manpower to other countries as well. He called for increased contacts with the governments of the African countries to create opportunities for sending Bangladeshi workers there through contract farming.

Dr. Momen emphasized on creating opportunities to utilize the country’s manpower by attracting foreign investment in Bangladesh. At the same time, he instructed the officials of the Bangladesh missions to carry out diplomatic activities for the purpose of increasing the trade of Bangladesh abroad.

In this regard, the Minister said that in order to keep pace with the developed world, the country needs to play a role in technology transfer.

The Foreign Minister called upon the officers and employees to work together to enhance the status of Bangladesh abroad, especially to be by the side of expatriate Bangladeshis and to enhance the quality of service in the missions.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs at the meeting. Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masood Bin Momen, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Maritime Affairs Unit) Rear Admiral (Retd.) Khurshid Alam, Secretary (West) Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary (East) Mashfi Bint Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bangladesh And High Commissioners, Directors General of the Ministry of External Affairs and concerned officials were attached.

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