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Foreign minister hopeful of reopening labour market in Malaysia soon

  • Published at 03:00 pm February 23rd, 2020
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen with Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran in Dhaka on Sunday, February 23, 2020 UNB

He also discussed bilateral trade and investment issues with the Malaysian human resources minister

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has expressed optimism about reopening of the labour market in Malaysia soon, as discussions are going on between the two countries.

"I'm hopeful," the foreign minister told reporters at his office after meeting Malaysian Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran on Sunday.

He said the Malaysian minister will have a detailed discussion with Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad in this regard, reports UNB.

"You will be a national hero here if you declare opening of the market," Dr Momen told the Malaysian minister in the meeting.

"I found him positive," Momen said, adding that they also discussed bilateral trade and investment issues.

The recruitment of Bangladeshi workers remains halted over the last two years, and the government is working to overcome the ‘weaknesses’, if any.

Dr Momen informed the Malaysian minister that Bangladeshis are very hardworking and quick learners as they played a role in building towns and cities in the Middle East.    

He said reopening of labour market in Malaysia for Bangladeshis will bring benefits for both the countries.

The foreign minister invited Malaysian investors to invest in Bangladesh as Bangladesh offers investment friendly environment and other facilities.

"It’ll be a win-win [situation] for both the countries if they invest here," he said adding that the return of investment is very high and Bangladesh is a very good ground for that.

The Foreign Minister mentioned about economic zones being built across the country that offer good packages for foreign investment.             

He said Malaysia is one of the largest investors in Bangladesh, and Bangladesh wants more investment, especially agro-processing factories.                   

The Foreign Minister also discussed Rohingya issue with the Malaysian Minister and noted Malaysia's support since the very beginning of Rohingya crisis.

"They’ve supported Bangladesh in all international forums, including the UN. They’ll continue to support us."