Qatar and India integrate employment portals to strengthen labor reforms

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Qatar and India have agreed to adopt an integrated approach to enhance the welfare of workers, including regulating the recruitment process and strengthening cooperation to resolve issues of common concern, within a specific time frame.

This came as the “Qatari-Indian” joint working group in the field of employment held its seventh meeting in the Indian capital, New Delhi. They also agreed to work to integrate employment portals.

The meeting was chaired by the Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs at the Ministry of Labor Mr. Mohammed Hassan Al-Obaidli, and Mr. Anurag Bhushan, Assistant Undersecretary for Indian Expatriates Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, the Indian side praised the labor reform measures taken by the State of Qatar during the past years. The Qatari side also commended the contribution of the Indian community to social development and infrastructure projects in Qatar, stressing Qatar’s commitment to protecting and promoting labor rights.

The Qatari delegation also visited the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in New Delhi and its centers, where they exchanged ideas between the two sides on developing cooperation in the field of skills training and certification. The Qatari delegation also held discussions with representatives of the Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA).

Recently, the Qatari Ministry of Labor has renewed its keenness to apply the best international standards to ensure the security and safety of expatriate workers, and its commitment to implement all legislative updates that the labor sector has witnessed on a continuous and sustainable basis, noting that the development of legislation has become a strategic option for the State of Qatar, both on the short and long term.

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