Manpower export from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia may resume as the government of the Kingdom has begun examining its possibilities, according to a newspaper report.
Quoting popular Arabic newspaper
Al-Hayat, Saudi Arabian English daily Saudi Gazette in the report on its
Wednesday online edition said a special committee has been formed to study
resumption of Bangladeshi manpower recruitment.
Ministry’s Undersecretary Dr Ahmed Al-Fihaid told Al Hayat on Tuesday: “The
committee will study the criminal records of Bangladeshi workers to ensure that
they are clean before reopening the doors for recruitment.”
from the Undersecretary came a day after the Saudi-Bangladeshi Joint Commission
had a meeting where a number of political, security and commercial issues were
During the meeting, Dhaka pledged to protect Saudi citizens in
Bangladesh and said the government is giving top priority to this
responsibility, said the Saudi Gazette report.
The pledge was made
following the killing of the Second Secretary at the Saudi Embassy in Dhaka
Khalaf Al-Ali in March 2012. Five Bangladeshis charged with the murder have
already been awarded death sentence.
Representatives of a number of Saudi
Arabian ministries, including the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs,
Labour, Health and Agriculture, attended the meeting.
The meeting called
for reactivating the security agreement signed between the two countries,
including exchanging security data and solving the problem of Bangladeshis
overstaying in the Kingdom, according to the Saudi Gazette
Quoting an unnamed source close to the meeting, the report said
the Saudi side asked Bangladesh to open its market so that Saudi Basic
Industries Corporation (SABIC) could export its products there.
asked Riyadh to offer investment opportunities to Bangladesh
The two sides pledged further cooperation in food security,
trade fraud combat, trade exchange facilitation and other areas, according to
the Gazette report.