KATHMANDU, Oct 2: A Chinese firm has demanded 45 Nepali workers for construction works in Republic of Congo, which is not included in the list of 108 countries that are officially opened by the government for foreign employment.
Following the offer, Jasmine International, a Nepali manpower agency, has lodged an application at the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) --a government agency that issues work permits for overseas employment -- seeking its permission to send workers to the central African country.
The DoFE has forwarded the application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) through the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MoLE) seeking suggestions on whether the country is suitable for Nepali youths.
“As requested by MoLE, we have asked the Nepali Embassy in Egypt to suggest us whether we should send Nepali workers to the country. However, we have not received response from the embassy so far,” said a senior official at MoLE.
The source said the government needs do much homework before issuing the permitting job seekers to work in Congo which borders the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Moreover, Congo is still not included in the list of countries opened for employment,” added the source.
However, Bhanu Angbuhang, proprietor of Jasmine International, claimed that the country is not as risky as DRC.
“Though Congo is not included in the list of 108 countries designated for foreign employment by Nepal government, we have sought permission to send workers there as we have been informed that the country is not in a state of unrest like the bordering DRC,” Angbuhang told Republica.
He said a Chinese firm demanded 45 skilled and semi-skilled workers such as engineers, mason and carpenter for building construction.
According to him the company has offered salaries ranging from US$410 to US$2000 per month excluding food and accommodation.