Dhaka signs G2G deal with Kuala Lumpur to send 1.5 million workers

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Dhaka, Feb 18: Malaysian government will allow around 1.5 million (15 lakh) Bangladeshi workers in their country and these workers will enter Malaysia under government-to-government (G2G) plus system in the next five years.

Both the Bangladesh and Malaysian governments signed the G2G deal on Thursday.

Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Richard Riot Jaem and Bangladesh’s Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc signed the deal in Dhaka.

Around 600,000 Bangladeshis are currently working in Malaysia, one of the biggest manpower markets for Bangladesh.

After a long gap, Malaysia resumed hiring workers from Bangladesh under the G2G (government-to-government) system but only in plantation sector.

Only 10,000 Bangladeshi workers have so far been sent to Malaysia under the G2G since it was launched in 2012.

The latest MoU paves way for a new system, styled as G2G Plus. Privately-run manpower recruiting agencies will also be participating in it.

It will allow manpower export in service, construction, farming, plantation and manufacturing sectors.

Under the new arrangement, the expenses for sending a worker will be between Tk 34,000 and 37,000 and the employers will bear it, officials said.

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