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Dhaka and Baghdad MoU signing Saturday

Update : 30 Aug 2013, 06:33 PM

An eight-member Iraqi delegation, led by the country’s Labour Minister Nassar al-Rubayie, arrived in Dhaka Friday morning to hold bilateral talks on hiring workers.

Assistant Director of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) Zahidul Islam said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain received the delegation at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

Expat Secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan and BMET Director General Begum Shamsun Nahar, were present among others. Officials said the expatriates’ welfare minister and the Iraqi labour minister will hold bilateral-talks at the ministry on Saturday.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed between Dhaka and Baghdad, on labour migration to Iraq.

The BMET director general said Iraq would mainly recruit in the construction sector for post-war reconstruction and infrastructure development process.

The BMET DG said there are around 63,000 Bangladeshis currently working in Iraq. During the Iraq war, 55,000 expatriate Bangladeshis returned home.  

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