Registration for female overseas job-seekers soon (The Financial Express (Bangladesh))

The government will launch a registration programme exclusively for female overseas job seekers shortly after growing demand from different countries, said expatriates’ welfare minister Tuesday.
He, however, said the government has not launched any separate registration programme for Saudi bound job seekers, rather it is continuing the enrolment for all the relevant destinations.
Following a recent big rush of overseas job seekers for enrolment at the city’s Probashi Kallyan Bhaban (PKB), the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment (EWOE) Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain clarified this at a press conference at his ministry.
“We will launch a registration especially for women for all job destination countries within a short period as female workers have a good demand abroad,” the minister also said.
He said Saudi Arabia will take 12 category workers in its housekeeping sector from Bangladesh. Of them at first it will hire housemaid.
Over the big rush for registration, he said there was a misunderstanding among the job seekers about the registration at Digital World Fair 15. “But we did not launch any separate enrolment for Saudibound job seekers and no deadline was fixed in this connection.”
He made it clear that job seekers will be able to enlist their names at their respective district manpower offices, respective unions, municipalities and city corporation’s ward information service centres round the year.
But online registration now remains closed due to some technical problem, he added.
Already BMET has a database of 2.2 million workers of 48 trades. Saudi recruiters will be able to hire from the databank. If the Middle East (ME) country needs workers besides the trades, the BMET then will launch registration especially for the trade.
Authorities struggled hard to handle the record rush of overseas jobseekers as a rumour is running high among them that the registration process for Saudi Arabia would end.
Following a recent agreement between Dhaka and Riyadh on manpower at a zero cost, people rushed to the PKB to enlist their names to go for their desired job destination.
About 800 Saudi Riyal as salary the EWOE minister said it is a minimum wage. Apart from this they will get food and accommodation and other facilities.
The domestic helps will be allowed to use cell phones there to talk to their families and other persons, said Mr Hossain while talking about security measures for the domestic workers in the ME country.
“We are also considering introducing three or four hotline numbers to help the workers informing their condition to the authorities any time,” he mentioned.
The EWOE secretary Khandakar Iftekhar Haidar, director general of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) Begum Shamsun Nahar, among others, were present at the press meet.