UAE, Kuwait plan labourer recruitment pilot project

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The UAE and Kuwait are planning to conduct a pilot project aimed at developing a comprehensive qualifications and skills framework to improve recruitment of labourers in the Gulf market.

The UAE Labour Ministry and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in Kuwait have held talks to develop the framework, with further discussions scheduled for November.

Humaid bin Deemas, Under-Secretary of the UAE's Ministry of Labour, said in comments published by news agency WAM that the talks held in Abu Dhabi aimed to lead to a pilot project to enhance the Gulf labour market.

WAM said the Abu Dhabi Dialogue included membership of 11 Asian labour-sending countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. It also had participants from Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

Bin Deemas said: "We've reviewed during the meeting, a draft relating to the pilot project, which aims at documenting labourers skills through a recognition process by handing out certificates that state their experience levels.

"This will also allow employers to obtain the required labourers that are fit to the nature of the existing profession and give them an estimate of the wages they deserve, while keeping in mind the advantages workers get by obtaining a professional certificate regarding their careers once they return to their homeland."

He added: "It's still at pre-operational stage, we will implement a trial by selecting a sample of workers in professions related to the construction sector in the labour markets of both countries then test those workers and measure their skill development with reference to certain criteria."

The trial phase is expected to last for two years, he said.

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