Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bangladesh Urges Romania to Import Workers

BalkanInsight.com

Bangladesh’s President Iajuddin Ahmed has urged Romanian authorities to recruit Bangladeshi workers to help contribute to the southeast European country's economy. The president was commenting during ceremonies as outgoing Romanian Ambassador Vasile Sofineti paid a farewell visit, with Ahmed offering skilled and semi-skilled labour, according to a statement released by the Presidential office.

Dhaka has been looking for alternative markets for its manpower resources as its main destinations in the Middle East have significantly reduced worker recruitment from Bangladesh this year.

'Our relations with Romania are multifaceted and growing. It is now an important destination for our workers. Our trade is also expanding,' Foreign Minister Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said after meeting with Sofineti.

Remittances by workers abroad, reaching $6 billion (€4.7 billion) annually, are an important factor in Bangladesh's economy.

Romania also faces chronic labour shortages, especially in the skilled labour sector as more than one in 10 Romanians have left the country to seek better pay abroad.

Last week as Belgium said it would keep its doors closed to workers from the European Union newcomers, Bulgaria and Romania adding "it should be also noted that Romania has currently the highest rate of labour shortage in Europe."

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