BSS–60 Momen urges Spain to recruit agro workers from Bangladesh

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Momen urges Spain to recruit agro workers from Bangladesh

DHAKA, July 20, 2020 (BSS) – As Spain requires skilled overseas workforce for its agro-farming, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen urged Spain to recruit agricultural laborers from Bangladesh during the post-COVID pandemic period considering their skills in grain production.

Momen made the urge as outgoing Spanish Ambassador to Bangladesh Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate said that his country would need seasonal workers for agriculture in summer season while paying his farewell call on him (Momen) at the foreign ministry here on Sunday, a foreign ministry press release said here today.

During the meeting, the foreign minister commended Spanish government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, and also apprised the Spanish envoy of the government of Bangladesh’s timely and effective policies in this regard.

Momen said Spain may rely on Bangladesh, if PPE and other pharmaceutical products related to prevention or treatment of COVID-19 need to be imported.

He said that Bangladesh has exported 6.5 million PPEs to the USA as well as supplied medicines, such as Remdesivir, Hydroxychloroquine to some countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mentioning the existing investment-friendly schemes of Bangladesh, Momen called for more investments from Spain as well as sharing expertise, especially in energy and tourism sectors with Bangladesh.

The foreign minister also called for imposing economic sanction on Myanmar by the international community so that Naypyidaw abide by its commitment for safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingya people.

The foreign minister thanked the Spanish government for its continued support to the Rohingya issue.

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