Azerbaijan keen to take Bangladeshi manpower
The central Asian country, Azerbaijan, has shown keen interest to hire Bangladesh workers to supplement its burgeoning construction sector, foreign affairs ministry sources said on Saturday.
This was revealed by Azerbaijan President, Iiham Aliyev, when Bangladesh Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammad Zulfiqur Rahman called on him at the Presidential Palace in Baku on Wednesday.
President Aliyev referred to Bangladeshi workers contribution to infrastructure development in the Middle East and hoped that Bangladesh nationals would make similar contribution to the development of Azerbaijan.
The Muslim majority Azerbaijan, with its huge gas and oil reserves, now enjoys the status of an emerging and booming economy in the central Asia.
Zulfiqur Rahman, also Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey, has earlier presented his credentials to President Aliyev.
They discussed in detail on how the two countries could cooperate each other in different sectors complementing national efforts. Their discussion focused on trade and investment including imports of garments, pharmaceuticals, leather and ceramics from Bangladesh as well as Azerbaijani investment in Bangladesh’s energy and infrastructure sectors.
President Aliyev suggested that the two countries can establish a Joint Commission to discuss and materialize cooperation in all feasible fields for mutual interests.
The President also put emphasis on high-level visits between the two countries, particularly at the ministerial level in specific sectors of cooperation such as manpower.
He agreed to expedite the process of registration of Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical products in Azerbaijan. He also agreed to look into Bangladesh’s proposal of Azeri investment in Bangladesh, particularly in energy sector.