Bangladesh to streamline recruitment.
"During the A, we discussed steps to streamline the recruitment of Bangladeshi workforce in Sultanate," AKM Rabiul Islam, labour wing counsellor at the Bangladesh Embassy in Muscat, told Times of Oman.
The meeting was the second one in the series, which is being held as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Sultanate and Bangladesh in 2008.
"In association with the Sultanate's Manpower Ministry, we will initiate steps to blacklist the companies and recruiting agencies that are violating the norms and putting the Bangladeshi workforce in trouble," Rabiul added.
There are thousands of skilled and unskilled Bangladeshis working in several sectors in the Sultanate.
"We are also jointly working on a feasible mechanism to cut the number of cases of Bangladeshi workers absconding. During the meeting, the Sultanate's officials assured us all kinds of help to tackle these absconding issues, which is not only a trouble for us but also for the Sultanate. So, we have agreed to initiate practical steps to handle this issue jointly," Rabiul said.
According to the Bangladeshi labour consular, they are preparing plans to raise awareness among workers before they leave for Oman and after they arrive in Sultanate.
Apart from tightening the recruitment rules, the Bangladesh government is also planning to set up more centres in Bangladesh to provide job training for those who wish to go abroad to earn a living.
"Already, we have 49 training centres. Now, 35 more are in the pipeline. These training centres are designed to meet the demands of the overseas job market," Rabiul said, while adding that a new vocational training centre would be set up in the coming days in Bangladesh with the Sultanate's help.
"We have made a proposal and it will be cleared soon. The Sultanate's officials are keen to set up the centre soon. It will be a joint venture. Omani instructors will be invited to Bangladesh to train the job-seekers according to the demands of the Omani job market. Arabic will also be taught at these institutes," Rabiul said.
On the issues concerning housemaids, Rabiul said that they were already providing a three-week training to the candidates willing to come to the Sultanate.
"Now, we will add more ideas to enhance their skills," he said.
The Bangladeshi delegation was led by Begum Shamsun Nahar, joint secretary at the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, and the Omani side was led by Saleh Bin Aayel Al Amri, minister counsellor at the Ministry of Manpower.
The Bangladeshi delegation also visited several places in the Sultanate with significant concentration of Bangladeshis, like Mabela Sanaia and Nizwa, where the delegation interacted with Bangladeshi community members and heard their observations. The delegation promised them full support from the Bangladesh government.
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