The Embassy of Bangladesh in Italy distributed "Remittance Award" to five expatriate nationals and one business organisation to mark the "International Migrants Day 2020".
The expatriates received the award as the top remittance senders to Bangladesh from Italy between the period July 2019-June 2020.
The Awardees of 2020 in 'individual category (male)' are: Kartic Chandra Ghosh, Syed Abdullah Al Mahmood, Md Safi Ullah, Kamrul Hasan and Mehenas Tabbasum, in 'individual category (female)'. Bangla SRL won the Award in the 'organization category'.
Md Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh ambassador to Italy, handed over the awards among the recipients at the event on Thursday at 5pm.
The programme elements included, among others, recitation from the Holy Quran, reading out of the messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Minister of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, discussion and distribution of Certificate and Crests.
At the beginning of the discussion session, Md Arfanul Haque, counselor (Labor Welfare) of the Embassy made a presentation on the various activities undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh for the protection of the rights of expatriates and for their welfare and to encourage sending of more remittances through legal channels.
The Awardees also spoke and sincerely thanked the Embassy for the recognition.
Ambassador Ahsan, in his remarks, warmly congratulated all the Awardees while acknowledging the significant contribution being made by the Bangladesh Diaspora for the buoyancy of the economy of the country by sending valuable remittances.
Paying deep tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said that the present government is an expatriate-friendly government and highlighted the major steps taken by the present Government in the context of the slogan of the Mujib Year.
He also mentioned that during the Covid-19 pandemic, Bangladesh nationals who were stranded in different countries were brought back to the country and financial assistance was provided by the government to the expatriates who were facing serious difficulties for loss of jobs.
The Ambassador added that the Embassy was working hard to solve problems relating to passports and improve the quality of service delivery.
Bangladesh Embassy in Rome launched the "Remittance Award" in 2019 to encourage and promote remittances to Bangladesh through legal channels.