Over one lakh to get jobs in HK

A move to send more than one lakh Bangladeshi female workers to Hong Kong starts next month, as it has shown keen interest to hire a large number of workers, said officials at the Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry on Sunday.

Dr Jafar Ahmed Khan, Secretary of Expatriate Welfare Ministry told The New Nation, “Hong Kong authority has shown keen interest to recruit a huge number of Bangladeshi female workers. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) has already been signed in this regard.

A high-powered Bangladeshi delegation visited Hong Kong last month and talked with the Honk Kong authority to recruit workers, said Shamsun Nahar, Director General (DG) of BMET.

Honk Kong is willing to recruit a large number of Bangladeshi female workers in house keeping sector sand related activities,” she said. The female workers would draw US $ 480per month against 8 hours duty with the facility of medical and insurance. They will also enjoy weekend and overtime.

“We are hopeful that we will be able to send more than one lakh female workers to Hong Kong within a shortest possible time as most of the initial works have been finalized,”Nahar said.

Expected female workers will not need to pay immigration cost instantly. They can pay it from their salary in several installments, she said,adding that every female worker must take a two-month training on English and Chinese language, which would be provided by the BMET.

A Hong Kong delegation will visit here on July 25 to provide a curriculum for training for the female workers and after that circular will be published on different media to recruit female workers, DG, BMET, said.

Some 35 training centers have been set up across the country and each district would be brought under such training facilities soon to train up female and male workers, according to the overseas employment ministry.

Different teams of the ministry are working on exploring manpower market across the world. They would visit Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Japan, Taiwan,Bulgaria, Rumania, Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.