Trade and Economy
Bangladesh exported goods mainly frozen food, agricultural products, chemical products, jute goods, other products like ceramic, melamine, garment, fabric, etc. to Bahrain.
As Bahrain imports virtually all its needs, there is considerable potential for Bangladesh to expand its export to the Bahrain market. Bangladesh’s growing IT industry has big potential in Bahrain market. Leather products from Bangladesh may also get its place in Bahrain.
Main Bahrain exports to Bangladesh include unbleached woven cotton fabrics, scrap of paper and paperboard, bituminous mixtures based on natural asphalt, asphalt in rolls, etc. It is expected that signing of two agreements – one on Avoidance of Double Taxation and the other on Investment Promotion and Protection will positively contribute towards enhancing trade and economic relations between the two countries.
Bangladesh Expatriate Community in Bahrain
There are just over 200,000 Bangladesh nationals are currently living in Bahrain. For the past few years, Bangladesh emerged as one of the top manpower sending countries to Bahrain.
‘Construction’ is the biggest sector of employment for Bangladeshis in Bahrain. About 70% of our work force work in this sector are unskilled, semi skilled and skilled (though the number is very small) workers.
Apart from construction, Bangladeshis are employed in cleaning companies, carpentry, retail shops, tailoring shops, hair dressing shops and as accountants, drivers in offices, fishermen in fishing trawlers and hotel management staff, chefs, cooks, bakers and service staff in restaurants, workers in agricultural farms and plantations. Several thousand, both male and female, are working as domestic aides.
The number of white collar Bangladeshi employees is very limited who are working as lawyers, teachers, engineers, financial experts, bankers business management officials and doctors. A small number of Bangladeshis also are working in Police and Bahrain Defense Forces.
More than 100 investors are now having their own business in Bahrain and this number is increasing. Several thousand Bangladeshis are running businesses by hiring commercial license. Bangladeshis own or run construction licenses, grocery shops/cold store, internet shops, small restaurants, garages, saloons, etc.
The contribution of Bangladeshis in the development process of Bahrain is recognized by the country’s Government and its people. Bangladeshi workers generally enjoy good reputation as honest, decent, hard-working, committed, amiable and disciplined people.