KUWAIT CITY, Jan 26: Director of Administrative Development and Training Department at the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Fahad Al-Murad has affirmed that some steps are being taken to wage war against marginal workers and regulate the labor market, reports Al-Qabas daily. Al-Murad explained these steps aim to regulate the issuance of work permits, redefine the concept of marginal workers, activate role of governmental authorities in tackling the problem, and investigate processes carried out by relevant government authorities in recruiting workers.
He confirmed there is a strong coordination between PAM and relevant government authorities such as the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Public Authority for Industry and International Organization for Migration. He said the recommendations presented in a symposium held recently focused on defining the concept of marginal workers who are considered excess workers in the labor market, those without qualifications, and have low educational attainment.
Other recommendations include issuing work permits based on actual labor market needs, carrying out a study to categorize professions according to qualification, age, period of service, and cooperation between the concerned authorities concerning exchange of information and automation. Meanwhile, Ministry of Health has been coordinating with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to request foreign embassies in Kuwait to receive expatriate patients who have been staying back in hospitals much after the completion of their treatments, reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources. They said the ministry is currently counting the number of non-Kuwaiti patients who have exceeded their stay in the hospitals, and noting their data including their nationalities in order to prepare a suitable plan and mechanism for notifying their embassies.