DHAKA, Feb 8 Asia Pulse - Bangladesh has found a new market for exporting skilled workers to Romania, an eastern European country which is now a member of European Union.
Recently, some 800 Bangladeshi workers have got employment in Romania's readymade garment (RMG) sector in which Bangladesh has attained expertise and skill. The first few batches of those workers have already reached Romania while others are on the queue to leave shortly.
Besides, some 300 Bangladeshi construction workers have been selected for working in Romania, informed sources said.
Adviser for Foreign and Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury last week bade farewell to the workers at a simple ceremony.
At a programme held at Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), he said apart from maintaining the traditional overseas labour markets, the government is exploring new markets in Europe and North America.
When contacted, Enayetullah Khan, Honorary Consul of Romania in Bangladesh, told Dhaka Courier that Romania is keen to take more Bangladeshi workers to help the country accelerate its pace of development.
''This has certainly opened up a new market for our human resources in eastern European countries which are trying to speed up their economic growth. Romania has just shown the way and it's expected they will take more Bangladeshis who have already attained a good name for their good work in many countries of the world,'' said Khan.
Officials of Al-Abbas International, the recruiting agency handling the export of Bangladeshi workers to Romania, said the minimum monthly salary of the workers in Romania will be US$ 450. Besides, they will get food, housing and medical facilities. But highly skilled professionals would draw up to US$ 3000.
Romania is now facing a dearth in workers as many Romanians are moving to other countries of European Union for higher salaries. This has created a labour market in Romania where Bangladesh can step in to meet the demand for manpower.