Bangladesh on Tuesday evening signed a deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to send domestic workers to the oil rich country.
A senior official of the expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry told The Daily Observer that the signing ceremony was held at Probashi Kallyan Bhaban in the capital.
Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Director General Begum Shamsun Nahar and senior officials, among others, were present.
Expatriates’ welfare secretary Khandoker Iftekhar Haider on behalf of Bangladesh, and deputy minister for international affairs of the Kingdom's labour ministry Dr Ahmed Al Fahaid on behalf of KSA signed the deal.
Preferring not to be quoted, a ministry official said Saudi Arabia interested to recruit housemaids. Under the agreement, the female migrants will be able to go to the Middle East country to work as housemaids.
Talking to the journalists, Khandoker Iftekhar Haider said a housemaid will get TK16,800 as monthly wage.
After meeting with the Saudi delegation, expat minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday announced that Saudi would recruit 10,000 housemaids every month.
A 19-member Saudi delegation is visiting Bangladesh to discuss the recruitment of labour for Riyadh.
Recently the Saudi authorities lifted its unofficial ban on the recruitment from Bangladesh, opening a window of opportunity for migrants. Since 2008, Saudi hired very small number of workers. Officials at Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh, however, said a section of workers engaged in criminal activities like stealing, killing and robbery.
Over the years, the situation improves and the government of Bangladesh took various measures to reduce the criminal activities.