Manpower export to Italy seems uncertain as the government recently halted the move of a private company but has not yet taken further measures for exploiting the job prospects in the European country, reports UNB
Sources said Datco, a private firm, took an initiative to send about 250 female nurses to Italy in association with an Italian company, Adecco Italia.
Initially, the Datco recruited 50 professional female nurses, who have diploma degree on the discipline, to send them to Italy.
However, the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment last September put off its permission for the export.
Visa process for the recruited nurses was completed and the company was preparing to take more nurses to fill up its quota when the Ministry put the brake "under unavoidable circumstances".
Following the step of the ministry, a delegation of the Italian company, Adecco Italia, came to Bangladesh to explain the potential of Bangladeshi manpower business in the European country.
It sought an appointment with the ministry's top bosses to discuss the issue. But it had to return to Rome without any discussion, as there was reportedly no response.
The Rome-based business group Adecco Italia was formed for the special purpose of promoting the recruitment of Bangladeshi manpower.
It secured permission of the Italian government to recruit some nurses from Bangladesh. Initially it recruited 18 nurses for different hospitals through its Bangladeshi associate Datco.
After this deal, the Adecco obtained the latest order for recruiting 250 nurses for different clinics and hospitals in Italy. Sources said monthly salary for each nurse was set at 1300 Euros in addition to overtime bill.
An official of Datco claimed that a vast potential emerged for the export of Bangladeshi manpower to Italy after the Italian parliament recently approved a bill to this effect.
Earlier, the Italian government had legalized about 2.5 lakh illegal Bangladeshi immigrants living over there.
"But the new opportunity might be missed if the government authorities fail to take necessary steps," sources in the manpower business circles said.