GCC la­bor min­is­ters to unify la­bor mar­ket: Subaih

So­cial devel­op­ment strat­egy ap­proved

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

RIYADH: The GCC Coun­cil of La­bor and So­cial Devel­op­ment Min­is­ters dis­cussed uni­fi­ca­tion of GCC la­bor mar­ket and creation of job op­por­tu­ni­ties for GCC ci­ti­zens, a Kuwaiti min­is­ter said yes­ter­day. Kuwaiti Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Af­fairs Hind Al­sub­aih said, at the con­clu­sion of the Min­is­ters’ 33rd meet­ing, that teams of ex­perts were to be formed: one to find means of nat­u­ral­iz­ing for­eign la­bor­ers, while the sec­ond to tackle uni­fy­ing do­mes­tic la­bor reg­u­la­tions among the GCC coun­tries.

The meet­ing also pointed out that vo­ca­tional train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion should be sub­or­di­nate to la­bor mar­kets’ re­quire­ments, Subaih said. In ad­di­tion, the meet­ing dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity for hav­ing new la­bor­ers to sit writ­ten and skill ex­am­i­na­tions be­fore en­ter­ing fore work. All these dis­cus­sions to set­ting up a joint la­bor mar­ket should be re­al­ized within the next three years, with reg­u­lar meet­ings ev­ery month, the min­is­ter pointed out.

Strate­gies

The min­is­ters dis­cussed dur­ing their meet­ing joint strate­gies in the field of la­bor and so­cial devel­op­ment, most im­por­tantly the re­al­iza­tion of one GCC ci­ti­zen­ship con­cept where GCC la­bor­ers can move be­tween GCC coun­tries with­out any re­stric­tions.

Saudi min­is­ter of la­bor and so­cial devel­op­ment Mufrej AlHaqa­bani said dur­ing the meet­ing, that con­cluded yes­ter­day, that it is es­sen­tial to form a team to re­al­ize this goal; in ad­di­tion to job creation and the es­tab­lish­ment of a joint GCC mar­ket. The min­is­ters also dis­cussed the sta­tus of for­eign work­ers in their coun­tries, the chal­lenges fac­ing their di­rec­torates, as well as the devel­op­ment goals for the year 2030.

The Coun­cil of La­bor and So­cial Devel­op­ment Min­is­ters in the GCC coun­tries was es­tab­lished at the Manama con­fer­ence in 1987 be­cause of the crit­i­cal his­tor­i­cal phase the area was pass­ing through and of the so­cial and la­bor chal­lenges, which are closely re­lated to the devel­op­ment and well­be­ing of Gulf ci­ti­zens.

Devel­op­ment

The GCC so­cial and la­bor min­is­ters have en­dorsed dur­ing their meet­ing a so­cial devel­op­ment strat­egy to give new im­pe­tus to so­cial devel­op­ment ac­tion in the re­gion, Subaih had af­firmed late Tues­day. The strat­egy in­cludes 32 ini­tia­tives and the meet­ing formed a team of ex­perts to im­ple­ment these ini­tia­tives, Subaih said in a state­ment fol­low­ing the meet­ing held in the Saudi cap­i­tal.

These ini­tia­tives were dis­trib­uted to the GCC mem­ber states to be a roadmap, she said. She stated that the min­is­ters dis­cussed the uni­fied law on the hand­i­capped, in­di­cat­ing that the law was re­viewed by the team be­fore be­ing en­dorsed by GCC lead­ers. The GCC states’ vi­sions on boost­ing the vol­un­tary ac­tion were also cov­ered in the meet­ing, she said.

The min­is­ter re­vealed that the GCC sec­re­tariat will hold a fo­rum in the first quar­ter of 2017, with the aim of uni­fy­ing ef­forts and dis­cussing means of ac­ti­vat­ing the role of vol­un­tary cen­ters to at­tract youth for par­tic­i­pa­tion in sev­eral acts. The meet­ing’s agenda in­cluded sev­eral top­ics aim­ing to en­hance the joint GCC ac­tion and im­ple­ment the GCC supreme coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tions per­tain­ing to so­cial af­fairs.

MAR­RAKESH: His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah met sep­a­rately with Pres­i­dent of Iraq Dr Fuad Ma­sum, and with Burkina Faso’s Pres­i­dent Rock Marc Christian Ka­bore on Tues­day. The meet­ings came on the side­lines of the UN’s 22nd ses­sion of Con­fer­ence of Par­ties (COP 22) on cli­mate change, held in Mar­rakesh, Morocco.

RIYADH: Min­is­ter of So­cial Af­fairs and La­bor and Min­is­ter of State for Plan­ning and Devel­op­ment Af­fairs Hind Al-Subaih at­tends the 33rd GCC La­bor Min­is­ters meet­ing in Riyadh yes­ter­day.

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