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Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The online pre-registration of some 6,000 Bangladeshi nationals, who have acquired some knowledge of the Korean language, will start on Tuesday through the website of the Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Ltd for getting jobs in South Korea.

Some 6,600 Bangladeshi jobseekers, who have already learnt the rudiments of the Korean language, will be selected through an examination to be held January 22-22 to secure jobs in five sectors: manufacturing, construction, agriculture and livestock, offshore and coast fishing, and the service sector.

Last year South Korea, for the first time, included Bangladesh in its official foreign recruitment system, styled 'Employment Permit System' (EPS) that followed an agreement signed between Bangladesh and South Korea during foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury's official visit to Seoul last April.

The pre-registration formalities will be completed January 15-17 through the website of the Bangladesh Overseas Employment and Services Ltd (BOESL).

After pre-registration, the intending workers will register themselves January 20-22 by depositing $30 each and other necessary papers and passports.

The Korean language test (reading and listening) for 200 marks will be held on February 22. Each candidate will have to secure a minimum of 40 marks for each department, and 120 marks in total out of 200.

A list of the successful candidates will be sent to South Korean private companies, which will recruit workers from the list according to their demand.

Those who will not be able to get a chance will be on the pool of skilled workers and be sent to South Korea when needed.

The minimum wage of a worker in these five sectors is $850 plus overtime.

Presently around 13,000 Bangladeshis are working in South Korea.

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed, while briefing newsmen on the new recruitment system at BOESL's office, said the Korean authorities are interested in recruiting skilled workers from Bangladesh after improvement of political relations between Dhaka and Seoul through his visit.

'We don't want to use our expatriate workers as revenue-earning machines…We must also take care of their welfare in foreign countries,' he said, adding that the new recruitment system will ensure Bangladeshi workers' pay and perks in a foreign country.

Iftekhar, who is also in charge of the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry, said the government is trying to explore new labour markets in Jordan, Lebanon, Poland, Romania and Canada.

The adviser said that Bangladesh earned the highest remittance of $6.5 billion last year and sent more than 6,00,000 workers abroad.

He said the government is also focusing on sending Bangladeshi manpower to Middle-Eastern countries from where a number of ministerial delegations visited Bangladesh and signed memorandums of understanding for recruiting workers from the country.

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