Bangladesh has urged the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to recruit manpower in large quantities as the coronavirus hit the export of manpower during the pandemic period in 2020 and 2021.
Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury expressed this view when Saudi Ambassador Essa Yussef Essa Al Dulaihan called on her at her office in the city on Sunday.
Terming Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia as warm and friendly, Chowdhury said the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries will reach a new height in the days to come.
As the KSA is the largest recruiter of Bangladeshi workers, Chowdhury said: “As the Kingdom is implementing some mega projects involving billions of US dollars, the Gulf country will recruit a large quantity of Bangladeshi manpower in the coming years.”
Bangladesh exported a total of 4,581,330 workers to the KSA during the period of 1976-2021, representing a share of 33.93% of total manpower exports.
However, the country exported a total of 370,015 workers to the KSA during the January-November period of 2021 as against the total export of the country that stood at 485,893 workers.
Dr Shirin also requested the KSA envoy to pursue Saudi entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh as the country is developing some 100 special economic zones ensuring a better business environment.
Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia enjoy warm relations in multilateral sectors and both countries will celebrate the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations in the city this month.
Saudi Ambassador in Bangladesh Essa bin Yousef Al-Duhailan emphasized pursuing common interests to develop and strengthen relations in all fields between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.
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