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Mon 24 May 2004 04:00 AM

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UAE Ministry of Labour pledges to help with Iraq infrastructure work

Following Humaid Al Tayer’s meeting with the Iraqi minister of labour & public affairs, the UAE steps up its work in Iraq.

The UAE Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs has pledged to extend its assistance to Iraq’s Ministry of Labour & Public Affairs of the Republic to help rehabilitate the war torn country’s infrastructure, which was damaged during the American-led invasion and ensuing violence in the country.

Humaid Al Tayer, the UAE’s minister of labour & social affairs made the pledge when he met with Sami Azara Al Majoon, Iraq’s minister of labour and public affairs, on a tour of Dubai’s Social Development Centre complex.

Iraq’s Ministry of Labour and Public Affairs has, since its inception under the US-led Governing Council, managed to cover the needs of around 300 000 Iraqi families within one year.

“We have rehabilitated the orphanages, the centres for the handicapped and special needs institutions in Iraq, as well as the institutions for the deaf and blind. Work is on to accommodate all the homeless and orphaned children and ensure the needs of the handicapped,” said Al Majoon.

“In addition, we have opened 28 offices for the ministry in different parts of the country to accept the applications of the many Iraqi citizens in search of employment and valuable job training,” he added.

Al Tayer said that another meeting with Iraqi authorities will be held soon to work out the broad outlines of future cooperation between the Iraqi Ministry of Labour & Public Affairs and the UAE Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs. However, the Iraqi ministry’s priority is to rehabilitate and rebuild much of it’s damaged infrastructure, which has been destroyed by war.

“The ministry facilities and institutions need renovation and new equipment and the UAE Minister of Labour & Social Affairs has pledged to do all it can to support our efforts including an exchange of expertise between the UAE and Iraq,” explained Al Majoon.

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