A total of 95,486 Bangladeshi workers have been sent abroad, including Malaysia, in the last two months, which was 108.04% higher than that of the corresponding period of 2005. While the country has received remittances of 1.16 billion US dollars, (this is equivalent to Taka 8024.98 crore) in November and December last year, which was much higher than that of the same period of 2005.

Speaking at a press briefing at the conference room of the Press Information Department (PID). the Adviser for Labour, Employment and Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Professor (Emeritus) Sufia Rahman said that a total of 381,516 people went abroad for employment in 2006.

“It was the highest record in a single year in the history of country’s manpower export,” she said.

About the flow of remittances, the Adviser said, the country has received a total of 5,485.98 million US dollars (equivalent to Taka 38,327.30 crore) as remittances in 2006, which was the highest ever remittances earned in a single year from manpower export.
“It was made possible due to the time befitting and effective measures taken by the government in this regard,” she said.

About sending female workers abroad, the Adviser said, the search for jobs for the female workers in foreign countries have been intensified. “However, a total of 3,196 female workers have been sent abroad with employment in November and December,” she told the briefing.
Prof. Sufia also highlighted other activities taken by the government for the welfare of expatriate workers. Secretary of the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment M Didarul Anwar, secretary of the Labour and Employment Ministry Ashfaque Siddiqui, joint secretary of the Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Joint Secretary Mansur Raja Chowdhury, Additional Director Generals of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Nazma Begum and Badrul Amin, Managing Director of Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Ltd. (BOESL) Mahburbur Rahman and concerned officials were present.

[Edited by Simon]

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