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Dhaka Tribune

Foreign Ministry plagued with shortages

Update : 28 Nov 2015, 06:55 PM

The Foreign Ministry is facing acute manpower and resources shortage.

The ministry has about 230 officers to maintain its headquarters and 71 missions in different parts of the world.

Out of 71 missions, 21 do not have any staff car of their own.

“We have been persuading other relevant ministries to approve more manpower and resource allocation for the last couple of years, but to no avail,” said an official of the ministry.

According to the organogram of the ministry, it can recruit 296 officers.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved 460 posts for the ministry in 2010 but it is yet to be materialized,

Manpower shortage

Bangladesh has 71 missions worldwide and is going to open two more in Ethiopia and Nigeria by next June.

Another official of the Foreign Ministry said there are some missions having only one man meaning the ambassador has to perform all the duties. There are about 100 officers working in more than 20 departments at the headquarters and about 130 others are posted abroad which means an embassy has less than two persons on average.

“We have important missions in India, Japan, China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, America, Britain, France, Germany, Brussels, Switzerland and other countries where we need a good number of diplomats for smooth running of those missions,” he said.

Resources

Out of 71 missions, 21 do not have any staff or official cars of their own.

“It is a serious problem to run day-to-day affairs of the missions,” said another official posted abroad.

He said recently the Foreign Ministry had got the approval from the other relevant ministries to get a staff car for its Ottawa Mission.

The Ottawa Mission was opened in May 1972. Citing another example, he said when Portugal Mission was opened in 2012, one official of another ministry objected to buying a photocopier.

“Everybody expects us to compete with diplomats of other countries, but how can we do that when we don’t have enough manpower and resources?” he questioned.

Bangladesh is a burgeoning economy and now it would be wise for the country to invest more rather than taking austerity measure, he added. 

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