The first batch of 13 Bangladeshi workers to work in Cambodia received immigration clearance from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.
Of the first batch, 10 workers were recruited for construction sector and three for garment factory, said officials and recruiting agencies.
Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment minister Imran Ahmad handed over the BMET smart cards among the workers at a reception at Probashi Kalyan Bhaban.
The minister said Cambodia became a new destination for Bangladeshi workers and other countries including Vietnam and Laos were expected to recruit workers from Bangladesh.
China was also keen to recruit IT professional and skilled workers from Bangladesh and they might recruit many workers, he said.
Expatriates welfare and overseas employment secretary Salim Reza said the government began sending construction and apparel workers to Cambodia.
He said the officials of Bangladesh embassy in Bangkok recently visited Cambodia and got demand for Bangladeshi construction workers.
Salim Reza said prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Cambodia in 2017 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 the prime minister’s visit to Phnom Penh, he said.
The first Joint Working Group meeting of the two countries was held in Phnom Penh on October 22 as stipulated in the MoU. A six-member delegation led by EWOE additional secretary Nazibul Islam took part in the JWG meeting.
TK Enterprise, recruiting agency, began sending workers to Cambodia. Its proprietor Shahinur Rahman said there was huge demand of expatriate workers to work in various sectors in Cambodia.
He sought cooperation of the government to facilitate all recruiting agencies to explore more jobs in Cambodia.
He also urged the government not to allow any ‘syndicate’ in recruitment of workers from Bangladesh.
Workers said they paid Tk 1.60 lakh to recruiting agencies for construction job in Cambodia while garment workers were recruited by the company at free of cost.
The Cambodia-bound workers said they were promised to provide wage of $450 a month.
Cambodia graduated from the status of Least Developed Country to Lower Middle Income Country in 2017.
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