Expat Workers Legislation And A Smart Recruitment System
Category: Expats

According to Al-Jarida Daily, Dr. Khaled Mahdi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development's General Secretariat, Kuwait has been working to improve the legal framework for expatriates, including the implementation of a "smart recruitment" system.

Mahdi said the smart recruitment platform comprises several key elements aimed at automating professional labor tests at the launch of the World Bank for Development report for 2023. This initiative aims to improve the quality and efficiency of recruited labor in line with the requirements of the labor market. The professional tests will be conducted under academic supervision and accreditation.

Mahdi stressed the importance of identifying in-demand job positions within the labor market, with a particular focus on creating an attractive work environment to encourage Kuwaiti youth to land jobs in the private sector. The digital smart recruitment platform ensures protection against any exploitative practices and aims to be a reliable and beneficial tool for the state and all relevant stakeholders.

Mahdi stressed the importance of matching skills between labor-exporting countries and host countries, emphasizing that worker skills in their home countries must match the skills required in the host country. This matching process should be supported by a system to verify skills, which is the responsibility not only of the host country but also extends to the countries of employment.

The National Bureau for Human Rights' Director Abdul-Ridha Asiri also highlighted the Bureau's commitment to safeguarding human rights in Kuwait, regardless of citizenship or residency.

Ghassan Al-Khoja, resident representative of the World Bank office in Kuwait, emphasized that one of the report's key recommendations is that countries of origin prepare and equip workers before they leave.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' representative, Nisreen Rabian, said that the World Bank invited them to be part of the advisory committee for the report on migrants, refugees, and societies. Rabian emphasized that the report’s recommendations demonstrate how refugees can contribute to sustainable development without becoming a burden on the hosting society.

Kuwait's development can be enhanced through these collaborative efforts between national and international organizations, ensuring expatriate workers' rights are protected and harnessing the positive impact they can have.


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31 May, 2023 1656
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