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66 maid recruitment offices in Kuwait being monitored

Defaulting offices closed down

KUWAIT CITY, Feb, 10: Acting Minister of State for Economic Affairs Maryam Al-Aqeel revealed the concerned authority is closely monitoring of 66 domestic workers recruitment offices in the country, reports Al-Qabas daily.

In response to a parliamentary question by MP Faisal Al-Kandari, Al-Aqeel indicated the concerned authority recorded a number of violations against the defaulting offices, which have been closed according to the provisions of Domestic Workers Law.

She announced continuous coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies to open the largest number of new recruitment destinations, noting the countries currently available to recruit domestic workers after the partial ban of the Philippines are: India, Sri Lanka, and Eritrea whose markets were opened in November 2019.

She added the Department of Recruitment of Domestic Workers has proposed opening new markets for the recruitment of domestic workers from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam. The Public Authority for Manpower has addressed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to report its desire to sign a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and Kenya, in the field of recruiting domestic workers.

However, Vietnam requested the procedures for sending domestic workers to Kuwait not be facilitated, while Indonesia still maintains a ban on sending its domestic workers to the country within the framework of its government’s desire to develop a system of sending workers and adopting a mechanism to protect them. She added that violations were detected regarding domestic and private labor through inspections and field monitoring of the offices, such that some of the offices were dealing with workers recruited by others.

They were also found violating the provisions of Article 24 of Domestic Workers Law. The offices were accused of concluding employment contracts in violation of contracts approved by the Domestic Workers Administration, and their licenses were suspended for a period of six months based on the aforementioned violations.

She explained that the monitoring offices refrained from handing over domestic workers to the employers within 24 hours of their arrival in the country, and another refrained from receiving domestic workers upon their arrival in the country without any acceptable excuse. Based on these violations, licenses of the violating offices were suspended for a period of three months.

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