Kuwait Lifts Ban on Filipino Workers After Bilateral Talks

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Kuwait’s First Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Interior Sheikh Fahad Yousuf Al-Sabah r with Philippines Department of Migrant Workers Undersecretary Bernard Olalia to discuss resuming recruitment of workers from the Philippines. (MoI photo)

KUWAIT CITY, June 24: First Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense and Interior Sheikh Fahad Yousuf Al-Sabah recently met with the Philippines Department of Migrant Workers Undersecretary Bernard Olalia to discuss resuming recruitment of workers from the Philippines.

In an official statement on ‘X’ account, the Public Relations and Security Media General Department of the Interior Ministry confirmed Monday that Kuwait and the Philippines have agreed to lift Kuwait’s recruitment ban, allowing entry and work visas for Filipinos.

The department revealed that the State of Kuwait and the Republic of the Philippines issued a joint statement confirming that the two sides held a meeting Sunday afternoon at Seif Palace. The statement attributed the decision to the friendly relations between the two countries, as well as their commitment to strengthen this relationship.

The statement enumerated the salient points agreed on during the meeting:
1. Lift the ban imposed by Kuwait, and allow the issuance of all entry and work visas to Filipinos.
2. Allow the recruitment of domestic workers who previously worked abroad.
3. Establish a joint technical working committee whose members are from the concerned authorities in both countries. This committee shall meet periodically to address labor-related issues and other concerns that might surface in the future.

In terms of resolving the issues by the Joint Technical Working Committee, the Kuwaiti and Philippine governments affirmed their commitment to the Domestic Workers Employment Agreement that the two governments signed in 2018

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