Bangladesh mission in Italy honours top remittance senders

Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Md Shameem Ahsan expressed his gratitude to the remittance senders, acknowledging the significant contribution being made by the Bangladesh diaspora for uplifting the economy back home.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a reception organized to honour to six expatriate Bangladesh nationals and one business organization with “Remittance Award" on the occasion of “International Migrants Day-2021".

Bangladesh expatriates sent $21,752.27 million in 2020, with Saudi Arabia on the top of the list with $5,128.48 million, followed by USA with $2,952.98 million, UAE with $2,507.64 million, UK with $1,649.07 million, Kuwait $1,569.14 million and Italy with $712.43 million.

As the government is giving 2% incentives to remittance senders, the Bangladeshi envoy to Italy urged expatriate Bangladeshis to send their hard-earned money through official channels.

He also said that the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was an expatriate-friendly government, while highlighting the major steps taken by the government in the context of this year’s theme of the day.

He further said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, a large number of Bangladeshi nationals who were stranded in different countries were brought back to the country and financial assistance was provided by the government to the expatriates who were facing serious difficulties for loss of jobs.

The embassy has been working hard to solve problems relating to passports and improve service delivery, the ambassador added

Held in Bangladesh house on Monday, the Bangladesh envoy gave the awards to the top remittance senders to Bangladesh from Italy between the period July 2020 - June 2021.

At the beginning of the discussion session, Md Arfanul Hoque, counsellor (labor welfare) of the embassy, made a presentation on various activities undertaken by the government for the protection of the rights of expatriates for their welfare and to encourage sending of more remittances through legal channels and also on the role of the embassy in this regard.

The awardees of 2021 in 'individual category (male)' are:  Mohammad Jahangir Farazy, Kartic Chandra Ghosh, Shahajalal Milon,   Raihan Mohammad Uddin Rassel, and in 'individual category (female) Habiba Kabir and  Mehenas Tabbasum. Bangla SRL won the Award in the 'organization category'.

Bangladesh Embassy in Rome launched "Remittance Award" in 2019 to encourage and promote remittances to Bangladesh through legal channels.

The International Migrants Day, which falls on 18 December, could not be organized on the designated day due to unavoidable circumstances. 

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