KUWAIT CITY, March 22: Kuwait was not late in corresponding with Ethiopia regarding the labor agreement and resumption of the recruitment of domestic workers, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting diplomatic sources. Speaking to the daily, sources confirmed Kuwait’s commitment to complete the correspondence with labor exporting countries in the interest of the public; while denying the rumor that the Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Ministry caused the delay. Sources disclosed the Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Ministry sent the required correspondence to Addis Ababa a long time ago and it has been waiting for a response. Sources expect Ethiopia’s response to the correspondence on the labor agreement to arrive in Kuwait soon.
In addition, the sources said the Ethiopian employment agencies have communicated with the Kuwaiti labor recruitment offices to prepare for the recruitment of domestic workers in the coming period. Sources affirmed some Kuwaiti offices have carried out the required transactions to start sending their requests for the recruitment of new domestic workers, indicating the prices of Ethiopian contracts are low.
According to the statistics of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), Kuwait hosts 18,306 Ethiopian women who work at home. Workers of this nationality are among the top 10 nationalities working in the family sector. Ethiopian domestic workers constitute 2.5 percent of the total 732,000 domestic workers in the country. It is worth mentioning that Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices visited Ethiopia earlier and addressed obstacles to the recruitment of Ethiopian workers. An agreement has been reached with representatives of the labor sector in Ethiopia on the need to provide training for workers in accredited centers for a period of not less than two months before sending them to Kuwait.