By Sarah Townsend
Kuwait gov't intends to replace large number of recruitment offices with one company to recruit housemaids
The Kuwait government intends to replace a large number of recruitment offices with one company aimed solely at recruiting housemaids, it was reported on Tuesday.
Ahmad Lari, a member of the National Assembly’s financial and economic affairs committee, told the Kuwait Times that official bodies including the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and the ministries of interior, social affairs, labour and health, have supported the committee’s proposal to set up a government-backed company to cut costs.
Under the proposals, stakes in the proposed company will be distributed among those bodies. KIA is expected to take a 10 percent stake, the newspaper said, while Kuwait citizens will also be allowed to subscribe to a portion of the shares.
The company will aim to improve the process of recruiting maids from abroad at a reasonable cost and branches will be opened at various workers’ cooperatives across the kingdom.
Hundreds of maid offices operate in the country, but recruitment costs have reportedly skyrocketed in recent years and the government is seeking a more cost-effective solution.
Proposals for a new recruitment company aimed specifically at recruiting housemaids were initially rejected by the health and labour committee, but MPs voted to refer the proposal to the financial and economic affairs committee, which has yet to make a final decision on the subject.