Bangladesh: An attractive source for recruiting quality human resources

Updated 26 March 2015

Bangladesh: An attractive source for recruiting quality human resources

Bangladesh has exported a huge number of quality human resources to 157 countries including 67 new destinations in the world.
Currently, there are around nine million Bangladesh nationals living abroad, while 4,25,684 migrants went overseas for employment in 2014.
Saudi Arabia has always been the most valued destination to Bangladesh.
In this respect, the two brotherly countries have enriched and formalized new vista of bilateral arrangements in the area of human resource cooperation.
The government of Bangladesh has enacted several laws and regulations as well as taken various other measures to promote safe and decent migration for Bangladesh nationals.

Policy for quality human resource migration:
Considering the importance of the export of high quality human resource, the government of Bangladesh has adopted the Overseas Employment and Migration Act 2013, Overseas Employment Policy with the objective to expand the scope for overseas employment, to promote transparency and qualitative changes to the recruitment process and to combat the fraudulent activities and to reduce cost of migration which have got admiration from various recognized organizations for migration including IOM.
Around nine million Bangladesh expatriates including professors, doctors, engineers, teachers, bankers, information technology professionals, mariners, pharmacists, nurses, technicians, plumbers, and electricians are enhancing the image of their homeland in as many as 157 countries in the world with their quality service in respective professions.

Massive drive for skill development and quality human resources:
In Bangladesh, most of the population is in 15-49 age group.
This demographic dividend ensures availability of work force for existing and new destination around the world.
Bangladesh is developing high quality and skilled human resources by imparting training as per requirement of employers from home and abroad.
A large number of engineering and technology universities, medical university and colleges, agriculture university and institutes and other universities and colleges in both public and private sectors are offering high standard undergraduate and graduate degrees in different fields of engineering, agriculture, computer and medical sciences.
Every year around 20,000 students get medical graduation degrees, while around 1,500 dentist graduate from dental colleges.
Government and private nursing colleges are offering BSC and diplomas in nursing to around 7,000 persons every year.
A number of public and private sector institutions, NGOs and industry have been providing technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
To promote migration of skilled workers, the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) provides skills development training in 38 Technical Training Centers (TTCs) in 45 trades namely, plastic technology, auto mechanics, machine tools operation, auto electrician, mechanical drafting with CAD, auto CAD, armature and motor winding, welding and fabrication, civil construction, rod binder, tiles fixer, mason, carpenter, catering, hotel management, computer office application, graphics design and networking.
The TTCs currently train about 65,000 candidates a year.

High quality selection process:
As a major worker-sending country in the world, Bangladesh is committed to employ the best method to screen the qualified and dependable candidates for overseas job opportunities.
Bangladesh has introduced 3 tier screening system for migrant workers which includes providing them Local Certification, Machine Readable Passport (MRP) and Smart Card.
The antecedents of the aspirant workers are verified by Police before issuing MRPs and finally all documents are verified by the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) before giving immigration clearance and smart card.

An attractive source for recruitment for Saudi Arabia:
Bangladesh is a valued source for human resource recruitment in the Kingdom.
Around 1.5 million Bangladeshis are currently employed in the Kingdom which positively contributes to enhanced people to people contacts between Bangladesh and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Taking the fact into consideration, the government of Bangladesh has been taking extra measures in fulfilling the conditions of the Saudi recruiting policy.
These extra measures as adopted in the policy guidelines by the Government of Bangladesh are strictly followed from the workers selection process to their final departure for the Kingdom.
In 2013, the government of Saudi Arabia declared the general amnesty from 10 March to Nov. 3, 2013. It was a great gesture of the government of the Kingdom to allow Bangladesh nationals to get their iqama transferred and professions changed. Enhancement of image of Bangladesh expatriates: To maintain the good will of Bangladesh nationals and enhance it further, the Embassy of Bangladesh in Riyadh and the Consulate General in Jeddah have increased their communications with Saudi ministries, deportation centers, police stations, courts as well as diplomats from other labor sending countries. Bangladesh Missions have taken extensive programs such as open house, free discussion and meeting in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and other major cities of Saudi Arabia to motivate the Bangladeshi people to refrain from activities that tarnish the image of Bangladesh and urge them to work unitedly to enhance the image of Bangladesh. As a result of the motivational programs in different parts of Saudi Arabia, crime rates among the Bangladesh nationals have reduced to a great extent. As per latest information received from the Saudi Ministry of Interior, the total number of crimes committed by Bangladesh nationals has reduced from 21,000 in 2009 to 3,549 in 2014. The government of Saudi Arabia has highly appreciated the quality of Bangladesh expatriates residing in the Kingdom. For several decades, Bangladesh has remained as an attractive place for recruiting quality human resource for more than hundred countries in the world. With its commitment to safe and decent migration through high quality human resource migration, Bangladesh is continually marching forward with a huge number of quality candidates to meet the demand of the employers worldwide. Bangladesh’s quality expatriates’ are contributing to the socio-economic development of the host countries, in process they are contributing to the development of their homeland. Saudi Arabia has maintained Bangladesh as a significant source for its huge demand of human resource requirement for its gigantic socio-economic development projects. With time tested and deep rooted relations between Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, these two brotherly countries are in the right track to get the best out of close cooperation in the area of human resources.

How Saudis are adapting to fast-changing life in the Kingdom

Women and children attend Saudi Arabia’s first-ever jazz festival in Riyadh on Feb. 23. (Reuters)
Updated 16 July 2018

How Saudis are adapting to fast-changing life in the Kingdom

  • Retired psychologist Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sobihi explains why the recent big changes in Saudi Arabia have been accepted so easily
  • Umm Al-Qura instructor Abdulrahman Al-Haidari says most of the Saudis who have taken up education abroad are returning to help in the Kingdom's modernization program

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is undergoing major changes to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 objectives. These significant changes have had an impact on locals socially and psychologically. 

A retired psychologist Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sobihi, 53, explains how humans adapt to change.

“Humans find it difficult to accept change. It is a human trait, humans face fear and anxiety when it comes to change, they want things to stay the way they are because they fear the changes may bring disadvantages and negative outcomes. For this reason, governments face many difficulties when implementing new programs and activities,” Al-Sobihi told Arab News.

To understand why the big changes in the Kingdom have been accepted so easily, Al-Sobihi said, one has to look at the social and psychological pressures before they occurred.

“What is beautiful and sad about this is that our society accepted this change so quickly. Why? because it went through a period called Al-Sahwa (awakening) and this period pressured society. Everything was forbidden, shameful and wrong, this long period pressured society psychologically and socially.

“So when the major changes happened, society found an outlet. Therefore, they accepted these changes so quickly. Not because our society adapts to change quickly, but because of the period spent in the “awakening” period. It delayed so many natural changes that happen in any other society. What happened to our society was that some things were permanent for so long — when the chance came to receive all these changes, most were very welcoming to these changes.”

Umm Al-Qura instructor Abdulrahman Al-Haidari said the Kingdom has changed amazingly in the last few years.

“The country keeps going from one amazing phase of development after another. Who would imagine that 70 years ago, this land had displayed the poorest statistics in terms of economy, population, life expectations, education, and individual rights. It’s amazing how one generation ago we went from teaching in ill-equipped huts, to reach some of the most advanced educational projects where our students get to send Saudi satellites to outer space.”

Al-Haidari explained that the country had welcomed women into their new empowered roles within a short period of time.

“Today, we are going even further and faster with neck-breaking speed. Saudi’s ability of modernizing, and yet keeping true to its own culture and origins makes this country the center of attention: In one day, Majlis Al-Shoura had third of its positions filled with Saudi women. Suddenly we had Saudi women as vice ministers, engineers, PhDs, doctors and nurses and in all other sorts of fields. 

“It’s amazing (when you consider) that my own generation was raised to not even allow a Saudi women to voice her thoughts in public, to let them share the wheel, steering the country’s march toward modernization.”

Saudis have embraced change, Al-Haidari added. “We can see how people are accepting change in the manner they approach the new festivals, we see musical events being sold out, (as well as) wrestling, cooking, even military and weapon production. However, I believe the most undeniable indicator for the Saudis’ welcoming attitude toward change is clearly displayed with the return of almost all overseas scholarship students.

“Just like myself, hundreds of thousands were sent overseas to learn, and almost none of them had any contract to be forced to come back to Saudi: But yet, they did, and still do. What could be more clearer than having the most elite and educated population of Saudi (if not even the world) wanting to come back home to advance both their careers and their country’s (future)?”

The majority of the nation adapted to the new social dynamics such as women working in the same fields and ranks as men, and the number of Saudi women in media, Al-Haidari added.

“Doubters were shown how much the community is longing to advance the role of the Saudi women. It would be so hard to even try to doubt that: Starting with Majles Al-Shoura having a third of its seats filled by Saudi women, having the issue of Saudi women’s right to drive as the first topic addressed, and now reaching the point where they will finally get some of their rights fulfilled finally. 

“You can also see the Saudi population welcoming this change: You can see that with the families that attended recent soccer matches in stadiums, families on YouTube supporting their wives, sisters, and mothers to drive, and not to forget: Thousands of Saudi girls going overseas to obtain their higher education. These are just a fraction of the current manifestations displayed by the Saudi community to show its welcome to Saudi women to take their rightful place, and to help the community grow with the help of all its members.”

Commenting about the General Entertainment Authority that changed much of the societal landscape, Al-Haidari said: “I find it to be amazing. Who would have thought a year ago that World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) would come and have an event here? Who would have thought that we would get (Algerian musician) Cheb Khaled or (US hip-hop artist) Nelly to come and perform in Saudi? Who would have thought that it would have been this easy and quick to establish cinemas, female gyms, even a whole opera theater a year ago? Of course, we still want more, and much more. But the trend is going so quick and so fast showing that we are to expect great events and functions to come in the near future.”

YouTuber Rahaf Jambi, 27, described how the country’s economy has diversified. “We just don’t count on oil now, the economy is growing better. It’s true that we are at war with Yemen, but this didn’t stop the Kingdom from growing and there are a lot of improvements, there are a lot of human rights fulfilled. Women driving, this is one of the main important things that happened and it will be good for the Kingdom because it will improve the market.

“Women will not have to rely on drivers. It’s a better opportunity for Saudis to work in transportation companies such as Uber and Careem, even the girls can work in this field, and girls can become police officers,” Jambi told Arab News. 

“Having cinema in the Kingdom is a good thing — we will have more Saudi movies and movies that will be produced in Saudi Arabia. It’s going to be a good environment for Saudi talent.”

With women working in the same fields as men and reaching high ranks, and the many women emerging in the media, Jambi added: “I see a bright future for women.”

Jambi said he hoped big name world brands such as Apple would come to the Kingdom. “We need the Apple store in the Kingdom, we need a lot of brands to open in the Kingdom.”