Dhaka, Bangladesh
BD businesses may get on-arrival visa in UAE

BD businesses may get on-arrival visa in UAE

News Report Bangladesh businessmen are likely to get on-arrival visa in UAE this year as Dhaka and Abu Dhabi are working on the issue in a bid to speed the business tempo between the two countries, sources said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit the United Arab Emirates on February 16 to attend the International Defence Exhibition and Conference 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi. Bangladesh and UAE are likely to sign an memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the visa issue during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Abu Dhabi next week. Among SAARC countries, Indian businessmen only get to get on-arrival visa in UAE. Bangladesh's delegation will discuss elaborately the manpower issue with UAE counterpart during Prime Minister's visit to Abu Dhabi. Manpower export to the UAE plummeted since 2012, as the Gulf country imposed temporary ban on the Bangladesh's manpower export citing different irregularities by local manpower brokers. Bangladesh exported only 3,235 workers in 2018, 4,135 workers in 2017 and 8,131 in 2016 calendar year. During the month of January, Bangladesh exported 363 workers during the period of January of 2019. Sources both countries will discuss the issues of high migration cost, meddling of middlemen in manpower export, training of Bangladeshi workers and civic amenities to workers. The new government also pledged to open new labour market abroad as manpower export dropped 27 per cent last year. In the UAE, the Prime Minister is likely hold meetings with top UAE leaders, including Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. The Prime Minister is scheduled to return home on February 20.

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