Because of a workforce shortage in the country, the Romanian government has been relying on imported labor, particularly from Vietnam, and more workers from the Southeast Asian country are needed.

Vietnam’s Minister of Labour is set to visit Romania by the end of 2018 and is expected to sign a memorandum with the Romanian government, Business Review reported.

Stefan Radu Oprea, the Minister of the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, signed two memorandums involving investments and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam last week.

Romania needs to bring in workers from Vietnam to alleviate the current labor shortage in the country. Oprea said Romania needs workers in the agriculture, construction and tourism fields. The workers are needed to make up for the lack of numbers in the local workforce.

The Romanian minister also said the arrangement was part of a bigger strategy that would help locals find work and also attract overseas Romanians to come home.

A massive influx of non-EU foreign workers is evident, with an all-time high of 17,089 foreign workers recorded this July. Workers from Vietnam mainly work at shipyards, with about 450 of them at the Vard Tulcea shipyard. More workers are to arrive in other shipyards in the near future.