Expatriates’ welfare minister Nurul Islam goes to Bangkok tomorrow (Wednesday) on a three-day visit to discuss the issue of manpower export with his Thai counterpart.
The other members of the team are Kazi Abul Kalam, joint secretary to the ministry and Mohsin Chowdhury, PS to the minister.
Bangladesh placed a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) on manpower export to Thailand in 2012 but it is still pending, he said.
“We will also draw attention of the Thai authorities so that the signing of the agreement could be hastened,” Kazi Abul Kalam said.
Earlier, Thailand showed its willingness to recruit 50 000 Bangladeshi workers in its fishing sector. But the move did not get pace later. The visit of the minister is expected to speed up the process, he added.
“We are ready to send to Thailand construction workers too,” the joint secretary said.
Officials said, Bangladesh took the initiative to send workers to Thailand nearly three years back when the country opened up its job market in fishing and construction sectors to different countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Vietnam.
The process of recruitment of Bangladeshi workers slowed down due to some bureaucratic tangles over ensuring safety of workers and sending them under both government and private arrangements.