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‘KSA to be attractive destination for foreign workers’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘KSA to be attractive destination for foreign workers’

The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is working to turn Saudi Arabia into an attractive destination for foreign workers, giving them more rights and simplifying the process of providing services to them.

Saudi Deputy Minister for Human Resources and Social Development Ministry Sattam Al-Harbi said this while addressing a meeting of the Saudi Labor Forum, an informal organisation of the human resource exporting countries to the Gulf State, on Monday.

The meeting chaired by the Ambassador of the Philippines to the KSA Adnan V Alonto was held at a local hotel in Riyadh in the presence of the ambassadors and mission heads of the eight member states of the organisation.

The meeting discussed the Labour Reform Initiative launched in March 2021. Bangladesh’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary outlined the problems of expatriate workers in implementing the Labour Reform Initiative and placed some specific proposals to overcome it.

He said the main issue for the embassy is to ensure that Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia are not deceived and that the conditions mentioned in the employment contract are met.

The ambassador said sponsors sometimes force employees to renew contracts online and issue exit visas to workers against their will if they do not agree to renew the contract.

Dr Patwary sought sincere cooperation of the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in resolving these issues and stressed the importance of holding regular meetings of the forum.

The ambassadors and heads of missions of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam also raised various issues at the meeting, and the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development of the KSA assured that the problems would be resolved.