Maldives to recruit Bangladeshi workers
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Maldives is looking to semi-skilled and skilled Bangladeshi workers for its burgeoning tourism sector, said Maldives foreign minister Abdullah Shahid Friday, reports agency.

Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury met with his Maldives counterpart on the sidelines of SAARC's 30th Council of Ministers meeting in Colombo, said a foreign ministry statement.

The two-day ministerial meeting—preceding the 15th SAARC Summit—ended Friday in the Sri Lankan capital, attended by the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

"Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was told by Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid that Maldives was keen to have more semi-skilled and skilled Bangladeshi labour for their growing tourism sector," the foreign ministry said.

Shahid praised the contribution of Bangladeshi workers to the development of the Maldivian economy, it added.

There are more than 40 thousand Bangladeshis in the Indian Ocean island state, mostly working at either unskilled or semi-skilled jobs. The country is mainly dependent on tourism and fishing.

Iftekhar told his Maldivian counterpart that 37 technical training centres of Bangladesh are expected to provide 49,000 skilled pairs of hands this year, which could satisfy, among others, the needs of Maldives.

The foreign adviser also held a sideline meeting with Nepalese finance minister Dr Ram Saran Mahat on Friday.

They discussed ways and means of increasing trade, investment and cultural ties between the two countries, the foreign ministry said.

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