New countries for domestic workers’ recruitment eyed

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Egypt in bid to send nurses to work in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, March 20: Chairman of Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO) Khaled Al-Dakhnan has confirmed that the union’s demands include opening new countries for the recruitment of domestic workers and lifting the visa ban on various countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. In a statement to the press, Al-Dakhnan disclosed that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopia has been suspended for about two years now without any clarification. He pointed out this MoU would have solved the recruitment crisis, particularly the high cost of hiring domestic workers.

He added the new agreement with the Republic of Sierra Leone was not reported to the union, indicating “we have not seen such agreement”. He asserted that lifting the visa ban on some countries could be an encouraging indication of the need to re-examine certain points and the possibility of reaching an agreement to solve the domestic employment problem. He affirmed the aforementioned measures will lead to reduction of recruitment costs, especially once the number of workers increases and the needs of the domestic labor market are covered.

On the proposal to change the term ‘servant’ to domestic worker in the relevant laws, Al-Dakhnan stressed this is not new as it has been on the discussion table for almost two years now. He called on families to refrain from hiring part-time domestic workers as most of such workers have been reported absconding by their sponsors. He warned that whoever provides shelter to absconders will be punished as per the law, adding that many absconders have been involved in theft and other crimes.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Manpower in Egypt has extended the period for accepting applications from nurses to work in a Kuwaiti medical institution from Sunday to Thursday, stressing that the application conditions are strictly enforced, reports Al-Rai daily.

According to the ministry, the application conditions include completion of Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in three accredited Egyptian universities – Ain Shams, Cairo and Alexandria; at least four years work experience; proficiency in the English language; and two doses of any of the corona vaccines approved by Kuwait. The ministry revealed the monthly salary offered is KD425 or 22,000 Egyptian pounds, in addition to housing allowance and travel tickets. It affirmed that Egypt’s labor representation offices in various countries are exerting tremendous efforts to look for overseas job opportunities for Egyptians. By Fares Al-Abdan Al-Seyassah Staff

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