B’deshi women head for S Arabia

Himalayan News Service

Dhaka, June 20:

Bangladesh will send 170 women to Saudi Arabia to cash in on the increasing demand for trained workers in the Middle East and to earn much-needed foreign exchange, reports Xinhua. The women will be sent to different institutions for three years, according to a contract signed between the governments of the two countries. Minister of state for Home Lutfozzaman Babar was quoted as saying that the government had taken the initiative to earn foreign currency and to meet the increasing demand for domestic help and hospital personnel in the Middle East. The women have been trained in baby sitting and in handling electronic equipment like washing machines, microwave ovens, vegetable choppers and food processors, The New Age reported on Monday. The women were also trained to speak English and Arabic to communicate with their employers.