Kuwait and Ethiopia finalizing deal to recruit domestic workers

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Negotiations progress with Philippines on return of Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, May 14: In response to reports from Al-Jarida news regarding discussions on resuming the recruitment of domestic workers from Ethiopia, reliable sources have confirmed that both Kuwait and Ethiopia are on the brink of finalizing a memorandum of understanding in this regard. The signing of the draft memorandum, scheduled for the end of this month, signifies a significant step towards addressing the domestic labor shortage in Kuwait.

Sources emphasized the importance of this agreement, highlighting its potential to open up a new market for recruiting workers to alleviate the current shortage. They underscored the mutual agreement between Kuwait and Ethiopia on various aspects outlined in the memorandum, particularly concerning workers’ rights, including monthly salaries, end-of-service benefits, weekly and annual leave, and other entitlements.

Bassam Al-Shammari, an expert in domestic labor affairs, emphasized the readiness of local offices to initiate recruitment processes once the agreement is finalized. Al-Shammari highlighted the importance of diversifying recruitment markets beyond Ethiopia, stressing the need for a balanced approach to meet domestic labor demands.

Furthermore, Al-Shammari revealed developments in negotiations with the Philippines regarding the return of Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait. He noted the significance of Filipino workers in the local market, citing their communication skills, educational background, and familiarity with Kuwaiti customs and traditions.

As discussions progress, authorities are urged to expedite the signing of the memorandum with Ethiopia and ensure comprehensive protection of domestic workers’ rights. The swift resolution of disputes with the Philippines is also crucial to addressing the needs of Kuwaiti and expatriate families reliant on domestic assistance.

With these developments underway, Kuwait anticipates bolstering its domestic labor force while upholding rights and regulations to sustain a fair and efficient recruitment process.

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