Bangladesh to send construction workers to Cambodia

First JWG meeting in Phnom Penh tomorrow

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 22:11, Oct 20,2019 | Updated: 22:17, Oct 20,2019


Preparations are underway to send construction workers of Bangladesh to Cambodia, officials said.

They said that a worker sending country, Cambodia has emerged as a new destination for  Bangladeshi workers.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry secretary Salim Reza told New Age that Cambodia had expressed its interest to recruit large number of construction workers from Bangladesh.

He said that the officials of Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok recently visited Cambodia to see the demand for Bangladeshi construction workers.

Salim Reza said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Cambodia in 2017 has paved the way for the new recruitment of workers from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh and Cambodia signed a memorandum of understanding for exchange of skills and recruitment of workers from Bangladesh during prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Phnom Penh, he said.

The first Joint Working Group meeting of the two countries would be held in Phnom Penh tomorrow as stipulated in the MoU.

A six member delegation led by EWOE ministry’s additional secretary Nazibul Islam would take part in the JWG meeting, they said.

In 2017 Cambodia’s per capita income was $4,022 in PPP and $1,309 in nominal per capita. Cambodia graduated from the status of Least Developed Country to Lower Middle Income Country in the same year. Most rural households depend on agriculture and the related sub-sectors.

Rice, fish, timber, apparels and rubber are Cambodia’s major exports.

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