Monthly Archives: April 2011

Maldives to hire experts, workers from Bangladesh

The Maldives wants to hire Bangladeshi experts in public procurement to optimise the benefits of development support extended by the Climate Change Fund.
It also wants to recruit about 20,000 more Bangladeshi workers in readymade garments factories, tourism, housing and other infrastructure development sectors, official sources said in Dhaka yesterday.
“The Maldives has proposed to utilise the public procurement experiences and guidelines of Bangladesh. It also wants to hire experts from Bangladesh, as the tiny South Asian country has received commitment for huge amounts of Climate Change Fund. But they can’t utilise them properly due to procurement compliance issues,” said Bangladesh High Commissioner to the Maldives, Rear Admiral Abu Saeed Mohamed Abdul Awal, in a letter to the foreign ministry in Dhaka.
In his letter, Awal also said the Maldivian government is planning to build 10,000 houses.
He added that it is eager to establish inter-island connectivity among its 1,019 islands, where they would require a large number of construction workers and engineers.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner quoted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed as saying: “Bangladesh has valuable experience in procurement procedures of international donor agencies, and we want to hire it.”
The World Bank has recently appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to follow the public procurement guideline, estimating that the country would save substantially on approximate annual procurement worth $3bn in goods, work and services.
Currently, 60,000 Bangladeshi workers are engaged in readymade garments and tourism sectors in the Maldives, while the two country’s trade volume has increased to $80mn in 2010.
The ambassador said the Maldives has huge demand for Bangladeshi pharmaceuticals, chemicals, ready-made garments and leather products. He said trade relation between the two countries could be expedited by forming government to government (G2G) collaboration, with private sector business to business (B2B) development.
Awal said Bangladesh is working very closely with the Maldivian government to ensure that expatriates can work under proper conditions.
“A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on manpower is in its final stages of preparation. Signing of the MoU will bring expatriates’ employment under greater regulatory approval,” he added.
The Maldives has recently graduated from the UN’s definition of a Less Developed Country (LDC) to a Middle Income Country. This has been one of the goals of Bangladesh, and close ties with Maldives would enable the country to gather experience in this regard.
Public procurement reform is a key element in strengthening governance, public sector management and accountability in Bangladesh, said Awal, while presenting a paper at a seminar in the Maldives.

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