The United Arab Emirates (UAE) assured Bangladesh of not retrenching Bangladeshi workers and sending them back, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday after his visit to the gulf nation last week.
The workers who have completed their job contracts are returning from the UAE. So, there is nothing to worry, said Faruk who held official talks with UAE Foreign Trade Minister Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi in Abu Dhabi last week.
Meanwhile, a total of 102 Bangladeshi workers returned from abroad on special travel passes yesterday. Of them, 56 returned from the UAE while 35 from Malaysia, nine from Kuwait and two from Saudi Arabia.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday requested the UAE government to retain the Bangladeshi workers and extend their job contracts, says a foreign ministry press release.
After attending an international dialogue on migration in Geneva, Mahmud is now visiting the UAE where there around 9 lakh Bangladeshi workers, the second largest labour market after Saudi Arabia.
The government is making such efforts as Bangladeshi workers abroad are being axed following the global economic recession. Already, increased numbers of Bangladeshis have returned home from Malaysia, Singapore, UAE and Saudi Arabia that creates an uncertainty over overseas job market of Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Expatriates' Welfare Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain are also visiting Malaysia. Dipu Moni held talks with some high-ranking ministers of Malaysia, while Mosharraf is scheduled to meet its home and human resources minister to talk on the labour issue.
Dr Hasan Mahmud during his meeting with the UAE Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash discussed the ways to best address the challenges of the ongoing economic meltdown, including easing the procedure of changing residency visa and online access for visa verification to avoid visa forgery.
Bangladeshi workers are often deported from Dubai Airport because of visa forgery that causes losses to both the workers and the manpower business.
“Such visa forgery is possible because there is no scope to verify genuineness of the visas issued by the UAE. It can be verified through online system like other countries to check forgery,” said an official.
During the meeting, Saqr Ghobash said protection of workers must start from the country of origin as those workers should not arrive in the UAE saddled with debts, Gulf News from Dubai reported yesterday.
Dr Hasan Mahmud also met his counterpart Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash at UAE foreign affairs ministry and discussed the bilateral matters, including trade, investment and Bangladeshi labours working in the Gulf country.
The state minister requested for more UAE investment in Bangladesh in energy, refinery and other areas of infrastructure.
Dr Hasan Mahmud also attended the National Day reception hosted by the ambassador at Hotel Hilton as special guest and met the ministers, high dignitaries and a cross section of Bangladeshi people living in the UAE.
At a reception organised by Bangabandhu Parishad in the UAE, Mahmud urged the Bangladeshi community members to work for the country and help establish Bangladeshi expatriates in the UAE as a disciplined and law-abiding community.
Dhaka, July 24 (UNB) Kale Consultants Ltd., an Accelya Group company, a leading solution provider to the airline and travel industry, has announced that Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, the flag carrier airline of Bangladesh, has selected FINESSE MBSTM solution to streamline its miscellaneous billing processes.
Mizanur Rashid, Deputy General Manager (Revenue), Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, said, "Being the flag carrier airline of Bangladesh, we have considerable inward and outward billing volumes for miscellaneous services. Therefore, getting SIS compliant was a priority. We found FINESSE MBSTM an ideal fit because it not only helps us achieve SIS compliance but also enables us to automate our current manual billing processes and enforce appropriate financial controls," said a Kale Consultants release.
FINESSE MBSTM will enable Biman Bangladesh Airlines to ensure SIS (Simplified Interline Settlement) compliance in both inward and outward miscellaneous billing processes, prevent revenue leakages in miscellaneous billing due to centralized Contract Management, reduce paper and manual work, thereby improving efficiency and reducing overall cost of operations and reduce the total cost of ownership through SaaS model (Software-as-a-Service).
Speaking at the signing ceremony on July 10, Neela Bhattacherjee, Head – Airlines SBU, Kale Consultants said, "Biman Bangladesh is a welcome addition to our growing list of customers. I’m confident of the value the solution will deliver to the airline. We look forward to a long term partnership with Biman."
Dhaka, Mar 8 (UNB) - Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan on Thursday said fuel price hike in the international market and mismanagement are the main reasons behind Bangladesh Biman’s staggering losses.
"Even though we’ve been able to overcome the perilous situation to some extent in the last two months, Biman needs more improvement," he said while talking to UNB at his office on Thursday.
"The huge losses can be reduced to some extent through its proper management. Some measures have been taken in this regard. The number of immigration desks has been increased for improving the service."
About clearing luggage and goods, he said, "Necessary directives have been given so that customs officials clear goods faster."
Faruk Khan said Biman has 12 aircraft in its fleet, 10 of which are 25 years old. The authorities have to spend a whole lot of money to keep the old aircraft fit for flying.
"Passengers aren’t interested to travel by Biman as it can’t maintain the flight schedule, causing huge losses to the national flag carrier," he said.
The minister mentioned that two aircraft were procured in 2011 and another two will be bought in 2013.
Faruk Khan said an aircraft will remain standby from March 26 this year to provide service in case of any problem in any flight. "The flights on the routes that are incurring massive losses would be stopped and the aircraft running on those routes would be used for emergency use."
The Civil Aviation Minister said the work on launching direct flight on Sylhet-London route is going on and the flight on Dhaka-New York route would be launched soon.
Some 400 aircraft fly over Bangladesh every day and around 250 international flights use Shahjalal International airport each day. "So, we need another airport."
About the site for constructing the proposed Bangngabandhu International Airport, the minister said it will be selected soon.