B’desh businessmen worried by Sri Lankan workers’ presence

Bangladesh’s annual loss due to the presence of mainly Sri Lankan and Indian workers in the country amounts to thousands of millions of dollars, say businessmen of that country.

Of that amount, nearly 5,000 million dollars are sent to India, mostly through executive level workers, they say.

Former president of the employers’ federation of Bangladesh Fazlul Haque was quoted by BBC Sinhala Service as saying that most of the foreigners were doing jobs in multinational and pharmaceutical companies and in the garment sector.

There are also workers from Pakistan, Philippines, Korea and China.

An entrepreneur in the garment industry said the inflow of foreign workers was due to the country having a serious dearth of middle and top level professionals.

Bangladesh is having 24 per cent of its garment workers from foreign countries, according to a study by the Centre for Policy Dialogue.

Haque pointed out that the thousands of graduates leaving the universities each year were having no vocational training of English language proficiency.

Hence, the need to recruit skilled foreign workers.

CPD researcher Moazzem Hossain said it was unfortunate that most Bangladeshi graduates remained jobless and a large number of foreigners were taking their place.