Serve Expats, Stay Away from Money: FM

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen urged the officials of Bangladesh's missions abroad to serve expatriates with loyalty, devotion and integrity, refraining from any bad stuff like collecting money that might be shameful for the country and all.    

"We're very hard on these issues. I want everyone to remain mindful of it he said, advising everyone to stay away from it (getting involved in raising money) when they hear such bad news.

The Foreign Minister made remarks at the Certificate Distribution Ceremony on the Orientation Course for Counsellor/First Secretary (Labour) designated for Bangladesh missions abroad, reports UNB.

They will join by Bangladesh missions in Tripoli (Libya), Singapore, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Doha (Qatar), Cairo (Egypt), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Athens (Greece), Milan (Italy), Geneva (Switzerland), Moscow (Russia) and Karachi (Pakistan).

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Foreign Service Academy Rector Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker, among others, spoke at the event on Thursday evening.   

The Foreign Minister also warned officials of the difficulties that they might face in the event of such participation, saying that even if they receive some money, they cannot take it with them because life is short.

"Some people at times get involved because there’re easy money. They get involved in collecting money. We hear (such) bad news at times. In the long run, they bring disgrace to Bangladesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Missions abroad," he said.

Dr Momen said they (expatriates) may not give money but they will pray from their hearts. "That prayer will be a blessing. It’ll be so strong that you hope to have heaven."

Dr Momen recalled Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and said Bangabandhu loved his people. "People will remember you if you love people. If you can serve well, people will remember and honour you."

Dr Momen said he has no doubt that they will be able to achieve the goals keeping in mind "One country, one Mission."

"You’re young. You’ll be very creative. It's us who can work together. All of you Bangladesh representatives abroad," he said.

Talking of economic diplomacy and public diplomacy, the Foreign Minister has urged everyone to tell Bangladesh stories abroad, as the country has done well in the last 12 years. "It's so good." 

 He said the officials must work very hard to provide quality services.

Foreign Secretary Masud said the officials will have to look very closely at the problems, including the issues of female workers.

He reminded them that they live on taxpayers’ money and everyone should be very prompt if any incident happens.

The Foreign Secretary said the government maintains zero tolerance over trafficking in persons and urged the officials to report immediately if anything happens to that front. "It's an added responsibility."

He said that all the officials who will join the various missions are highly skilled and were selected through a very open process.

The Foreign Secretary said that this is a historic site and that this is a historic occasion, and emphasized better cooperation in Bangladesh missions abroad.

He also highlighted the problems that the Middle East is facing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the collapse in oil prices.

The Rector of the Foreign Service Academy said it is a historic place from where many important decisions were taken by Bangabandhu. 

He greeted the officials who completed two weeks’ training at the newly-constructed building.

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