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Kuwait drafts new realistic plans to regulate labour market

09 August 2022

The authorities in Kuwait are all set to implement a “more realistic” policy to regulate the labour market and strengthen the initiative by the government to redress the demographic imbalance in the country.

According to latest report by a leading Kuwaiti newspaper, the new policy includes sealing well-studied manpower deals with several countries.

Officials at the government Public Authority of Manpower (PAM) held talks with ambassadors of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Mali on partnerships, including employment of specialized and experienced labour from their countries.

The officials agreed that PAM continues to activate partnerships with friendly countries and helps carry out cooperation with all diplomatic missions and representatives with labour affairs and looks into mechanisms that contribute to fulfilment of labour directives by Kuwait.

PAM’s Acting Director-General, Mubarak Al Jafour emphasized the need of employing overseas workers based on Kuwait’s needs and necessary expertise.

In order to regulate the labour market, Kuwait’s planned employment policy is based on strengthening employment of nationals, recruiting experience foreign manpower depending on local needs, and diversifying the mechanism to bring in new domestic workers, and following raids on illegal workers.

Expatriates constitute 3.4mn of Kuwait’s total 4.6 mn population. Recently, there has been increased pressure in Kuwait demanding curbing of foreign employment and accusations that migrant workers have caused a strain on the infrastructure facilities of the country amidst economic repercussions of Covid19 pandemic.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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