The UAE and Afghanistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, in the area of labour, on the sidelines of the 107th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
The MoU was signed by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Faizullah Zaki Minister of labour, social affair, Martyrs and disabled of Afghanistan.
Al Hamli stated that the MoU is part of the efforts to develop the ongoing friendship between the two countries, through establishing an institutional partnership to improve the management of temporary contracts for Afghan labour in the UAE, to the mutual interests of both countries.
He also highlighted the MoU’s importance in managing the work of recruitment agencies, adopting transparent recruitment practices, and ensuring compliance with the law by relevant parties.
Al Hamli pointed out that the MoU will also help to develop the cooperation between the two countries in the areas of technology, exchanging labour information and research, and implementing mutual programmes and activities, such as those that aim to raise the awareness of Afghan workers about their rights and duties before leaving their country and arriving in the UAE.
Zaki expressed his happiness at signing the MoU while highlighting the friendship and cooperation between the UAE and Afghanistan in the area of labour. He also praised the UAE’s legislation that regulates employment relations, as they protect the rights of workers, including Afghan workers.
The signing of the MoU was attended by Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation for Human Resources Affairs, and Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry for Communication and International Relations Affairs, as well as several officials from both sides.
The MoU stipulates that workers from Afghanistan should be recruited according to the policy of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and potential workers should receive a detailed offer that includes a comprehensive description of the rights and duties of all parties, as well as their working conditions.
The MoU also stipulates that in cases of conflict between the employer and the worker, a complaint should be registered at the ministry, which will aim to reach a friendly settlement within a specified timeframe. Otherwise, the case will be transferred to the judicial authorities.
A joint committee will be formed to monitor the implementation of the MoU.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs