Dhaka inks manpower deal with Victoria on Oct 21

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:31, Oct 18,2019


Seychelles will recruit workers from Bangladesh under an agreement stipulating safe, orderly and regular migration the two sides would sign on October 21.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed and Employment, Immigration and Civil Status Minister of Seychelles Myriam Telemaque would sign the agreement in Victoria, EWOE Ministry secretary Salim Reza told New Age Thursday.

Imran would fly to the Seychelles capital from the UAE where he is attending the Abu Dhabi Dialogue.

Seychelles needs expatriate workers for its construction, agriculture and hospitality sectors at monthly wages ranging from $400 to $ 500.

Over 2,000 Bangladeshis work in Seychelles as fishermen, farmers, construction workers having migrated to the Indian Ocean island republic on their own initiative, said Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training officials.

A moratorium was in place since October last year for the recruitment of Bangladeshi nationals to work in Seychelles after six Bangladeshi employees of a security firm approached media houses to express their frustration as their employers had failed to pay them their wages.

Seychelles would adopt a new policy for hiring expatriate worker in 2020, the country’s employment, immigration and civil status minister recently announced in the National Assembly.

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