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BAIRA hints at syndication in manpower export to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia

  • Published at 11:44 pm September 3rd, 2019
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The Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies, BAIRA, expressed this concern in a press meet at its office yesterday



The possibility of syndication in manpower export to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia cannot be ruled out although the government and the recruiting association are working closely to avoid such a situation.

The Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies, BAIRA, expressed this concern in a press meet at its office yesterday.

‘We cannot guarantee there would be no syndication in Visa Counter system. There is such a possibility and we are concerned about the matter,’ BIARA President Benajir Ahmed told reporters.

He said the association and the government were working closely to stop any kind of syndication.

‘We have spoken to government high-ups about the problems in the worker export sector and we were assured of full government support in the sector which is the second largest export earner in the country,’ he said.

Expressing concern, the BIARA chief said that a vested quarter was spreading rumor and propaganda to hamper the growth of the sector.

The country's overseas employment has declined by about 15 per cent in the past seven months of this year compared to the corresponding period last year.

A total of 384,812 workers went abroad with jobs from January to July in 2019 while the number of outbound workers was 450,629 during the same period in 2018, according to data of  Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET).

Manpower export to Malaysia plummeted during the first seven months as Bangladesh exported only 227 workers to the Southeast Asian country. Bangladesh exported a total of 175,927 workers to Malaysia in 2018, 99,787 workers in 2017, 40,126 workers in 2016 and 30,383 workers in 2015.

BAIRA Secretary General Shamim Ahmed Chowdhury attributed the recent fall in manpower export to various factors.

‘For example, Saudi Arabia has decided to engage some of their own labour force into work previously done by foreign workers. The abuse of female workers is sending back a large number of women to the country . Lack of any legal framework keeps our hands tiled and there is no punishment of the people involved," he said.

Meanwhile, a fraction of the executive committee members of BAIRA at the same briefing claimed that the president and the secretary general were abusing their power for their personal gains.

The situation turned chaotic and the briefing was almost came to an end. Finally the president hurriedly ended his briefing and handed over the floor to the protesting members.

BAIRA vice-president 1 Mansur Ahmed Kamal said that the president and the secretary general were violating the constitution of the organization in so many ways.

He said several of the communications with the ministry and Saudi Arabia were conducted without informing the executive committee.

‘If the EC members are not aware of any decision, no matter how good or bad that may be, it will not bring any fruit,’ he said.