Bangladesh seeks hike in manpower deployment

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Updated 10 January 2013
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Bangladesh seeks hike in manpower deployment

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called to increase the import of manpower from her country to Saudi Arabia.
She made her statement to Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh, who visited the Bangladeshi prime minister at her official residence Monday evening.
Al-Asheikh is currently on a visit to Bangladesh, where he also met with President Zillur Rahman on Tuesday at his Bagabhaban palace in Dhaka. The president also urged the visiting Saudi delegation to increase the import of manpower. Bangladesh state media quoted Prime Minister Hasina as calling upon the Saudi government to invest more in her country’s industrial and business sector for mutual benefits of the two countries.
She said the two holy places of Makkah and Madinah are of utmost importance to the people of Bangladesh. As a result, she said, the number of Haj pilgrims from Bangladesh is increasing every year.
Al-Asheikh also visited the Bangladeshi Parliament and met with speaker Abdul Hamid and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.
The visit is one of the high profile visits in recent times from Saudi Arabia to Bangladesh. Approximately 2 million Bangladeshi nationals are working in the Kingdom.
According to data available by the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Saudi Arabia used to recruit some 150,000 Bangladeshis each year until 2008. However, for the last three years, the average of recruitments stood at around 10,000 yearly.
The Bangladeshi minister of labor, employment, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, informed recently that the government had taken various steps, including the registration of overseas workers and issuance of a smart card, to ensure anyone with a criminal background cannot work abroad. He also said he had invited the Saudi labor minister to visit Bangladesh to see the recruitment process and training programs for the workers who are going abroad for jobs.
Last month, a meeting of the Saudi-Bangladesh Joint Economic Commission was scheduled to be held in Riyadh, but was postponed.


Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa distributes aid packets among poor families in Comoros. (SPA)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Comoros minister praises Muslim World League's development work

  • The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032
  • The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago

Comoros’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hamid Karhila, has commended the development efforts carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) in his country. 

He also expressed his government’s gratitude to the MWL for its initiative launched by Secretary-General Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa.

Karhila said during a visit to the headquarters of the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD): “The new Comorian government aims to keep this cooperation with the MWL. This would help achieve more developmental and humanitarian projects that serve the Comorian people.”

Secretary-General of the IARCD Abdul Aziz Sarhan said: “The Muslim World League will continue to provide assistance and stand with the needy in all countries around the world.”

Sarhan said that the association carried out various humanitarian, medical and relief projects in the Comoros at a cost of SR10,916,645. These projects benefited 1,104,969 people between 2006 and 2017.

The league’s contribution to the medical field totaled SR6,948,032, which benefited 971,333 people. 

The league established six educational institutes more than 30 years ago. These institutes graduated thousands of students who occupy some of the highest positions in the Republic of the Comoros.

The MWL is also building a mosque at a cost of SR200,000 and working on the construction of an artesian well that cost SR130,000, as well as two surface wells at a cost of SR20,000.