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Domestic shift to private open

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: The labor departments have started receiving applications for transfer of domestic workers to the private sector, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting acting Director of Manpower Public Authority Abdullah Al-Motawtah. In a recent press statement, Al-Motawtah revealed the period allotted for such transfers started on Aug 17 and it will last for three months.

He clarified the decision to open the door for transfer of domestic labor visas to the private sector was taken through a strong coordination with the Interior Ministry. According to Al-Motawtah, the transfer is allowed only for domestic workers who spent at least one year with their current sponsors and it should be under the same sponsor or his firstdegree relatives. He called on all concerned parties to strictly comply with the regulations and conditions specified for such transfers to avoid facing legal problems.

On the other hand, Al-Kuwaitiyah daily quoted sources as saying the authority is currently preparing a mechanism to eliminate human trafficking and visa trading. Sources disclosed the mechanism will include stipulations for the allocation of shelter for the workers, depositing monthly salary to the account of workers and other conditions; as well as those specified in the Private Sector Labor Law. Sources added the mechanism will be launched early next year to remove obstacles faced by small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, especially the youths. Sources affirmed the authority is keen on easing the burdens of young Kuwaiti business owners who often encounter problems in recruiting workers and processing official transactions or documents. Sources went on to say the authority has prepared several files of employers and companies which will be referred to the Public Prosecution for failure to comply with the Labor Law and its bylaws, in addition to violating the anti-human trafficking agreement.

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