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Kuwait, Ethiopia MoU suspended
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 18: Director of the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Dr. Mubarak Al- Azmi received Durga Bhandari, the Ambassador of Nepal, and Saeed Musa, the Ambassador of Tanzania. During the meeting among them, they discussed mechanisms for enhancing cooperation in the field of recruitment and employment, especially domestic workers, reports Aljarida daily. In this regard, an expert in the domestic labor sector affairs Bassam Al-Shammari described such an attempt by Kuwait to recruit manpower from various countries as “fanfare”, especially in light of the fact that the authority has not taken any positive step, beyond the stage of meetings, to sign memoranda of understanding with these countries for the recruitment of domestic workers in order to fill the severe deficit that the market has been suffering from for more than three years. Al-Shammari said, “Kuwait has relied for years on countries that are less in number of domestic workers.
One of these countries provides us with about 60 percent of the labor market’s needs. This raises the alarm in the event of any problems with that country, as it happened during the past years”. He revealed that the memorandum of understanding that PAM announced it signed with Ethiopia to bring in domestic workers has been suspended, despite entering the final stages, adding that there is a real desire from Addis Ababa to start the process of sending domestic workers to Kuwait.
Al-Shammari explained that he expects a strong resurgence of the domestic labor shortage crisis in the coming months due to many of the current problems. This could lead to the reluctance of workers to come to Kuwait, as well as the imminent announcement of a neighboring country lifting the ban on recruitment from the Philippines, which is the “backbone” to provide Kuwait with new employment. He called on PAM to remedy the matter quickly and expedite the process of signing memorandum of understanding with the exporting countries instead of being satisfied with only two or three countries.
In addition, during his meeting with the ambassadors, the director of PAM said, “The Kuwaiti labor market attracts workers with the specializations it needs. The authority is exerting continuous efforts to develop the process of organizing the market in a way that serves the development and economic interests of the country, and benefits the workers and the countries that send them”.