Bangladesh plans to open mission in Mauritius, Sudan, Botswana, Romania, Lebanon, Angola and Greece to provide services to the Bangladeshi workers there, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said on Sunday.

Talking to reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting on manpower export, the minister said the government emphasised on exploration of job markets for Bangladeshis abroad.

At present 6.5 million Bangladeshis are working abroad while presently the country has 47 missions in foreign countries where 19 commerce wings have been functioning.

Mr. Muhith said the meeting focussed on increasing manpower and expanding the country’s new labour market abroad.

The private UNB news agency quoting statistics said 288,903 workers went abroad during January-July 2009 against 564,098 in the corresponding period of the previous year, registering a fall of 49 per cent, largely blamed on global economic recession.

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