- Libyan government is expected to recruit thousands of workers from Bangladesh as part of the infrastructure development plan worth more than US$100 billion, Ambassador Ahmed Ateya Hamd Al-Imam has announced.
The Ambassador said the Libyan Embassy in Dhaka which is currently issuing about 300 visas per day, will increase the number due to a huge demand for workers in the oil-rich country.
Libyan officials said thousands of workers from South Asian country are fleeing the country as the global economic recession sinks in and begins to frustrate the developmental efforts of the country.
The envoy said Libya has been reconstructing itself and under the scheme, workforce is needed to implement the billion dollar projects for the construction and rehabilitation of bridges and roads.
"Bangladesh and Libya signed an agreement on manpower in Dhaka last year. Under the agreement, we would take in huge number of workers by phases," he said.
Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud expressed his deep satisfaction over the progress in recruitment of manpower in Libya, saying the rights of workers are well protected.
"We voted for Libya in the Security Council and Human Rights Council in the UN. Currently the country has been playing a very important role in Africa and in the international arena,” he said.
Libya, once shunned by much of the international community over the 1988 bombing of a PanAm plane above the Scottish town of Lockerbie, has since undergone a dramatic political rehabilitation.
Tripoli formally took responsibility for the incident in 2003. The move, part of a deal to compensate families of the 270 victims, heralded the lifting of UN sanctions.
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