Bangladesh is trying to send workers to Australia, Thailand and Canada, apart from Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, says the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister.“We are discussing the matter (with those countries) right now,” Nurul Islam BSc told reporters on Tuesday.“Also, sending workers to Saudi Arabia has not stopped. People are going there every day.”This year, the government’s target is to send 500,000 workers abroad, he said.The minister was speaking with journalists after a programme at the Probashi Kalyan Bhaban in Dhaka where he handed out certificates among the participants of the Training of Trainers Project.Regarding sending workers to Malaysia under the new system, he said, “Malaysia is yet to sign a MoU. The MoU may be signed very soon.Private agencies may get on board under the proposal they have made for G2G Plus method. But nothing has been finalised yet,” he added.
Nurul Islam further added, “We have trained people. We’ll be able to send them if any country asks. There are 41 training centres to train the workers.“The training’s standard may be a little less, but we have enough skilled people.”“Last year, 52 percent of the total exported manpower was skilled and semi-skilled. The percentage will rise this year,” he said.The minister said the government plans to get the Bangladeshi workers meet international standards. “This will help them to get more facilities and higher salaries.”