Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc on Thursday hoped that Bangladesh will be able to earn the foreign remittance of around US$1,500 crore by the year-end.
The Minister made the apprehension while addressing a press conference held at his Ministry conference room ahead of the International Migration Day will be observed on Friday (December 18).
Nurul Islam informed that a total of 5,23,598 Bangladeshi workers have gone abroad this year for employment while the number will stand at 5.5 lakh by the end of the current year.
He said some 96 lakh Bangladeshis are employed abroad in almost 160 countries till to date."
The government will not allow anybody to go abroad illegally. To ensure it, the government has already stopped the way of going abroad through risky boat voyage, he added.
Regarding the progress of sending Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia under G-to-G plus (government-to-government plus) initiative, the Expatriates Minister said that sending workers to Malaysia under G-to-G plus mechanism is now at the final stage.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will soon be signed to send workers under the initiative, he hoped.
Responding to a query, Nurul Islam said the workers will be sent through recruiting agencies having track record, not by any syndicate.
He also described the programmes chalked out to observe the International Migration Day that includes rally, discussion and migration fairs.
Ministry's Additional Secretary Hazrat Ali and Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) Director General Shamsun Nahar attended the press conference among others.