Sunday, November 4, 2018

Qatari team arrives in Kathmandu to hold talks on labour pact

A Qatari delegation has arrived in Kathmandu today to hold talks and seek ways in resolving ever increasing number of complaints faced by Nepali migrant workers in Qatar. The meeting will discuss on various problems related to human rights, security, social security, benefits and wages apart from problems Nepali migrants have to face in Qatar.
A five-member delegation from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs of Qatar – led by the adviser of the minister of the Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs – has arrived in Kathmandu to hold discussions to review the bilateral labour agreement with Nepal. According to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS), they will hold bilateral talks tomorrow.
After signing the bilateral labour agreement with Malaysia, the Labour Ministry has started homework to review the 13-year-old bilateral labour agreement with Qatar. Nepal and the Gulf nation had signed a labour agreement on March 21, 2005, in Doha.
After the meeting in Kathmandu tomorrow, a Nepali delegation will travel to Doha to hold talks on November 19-20 to review the labour agreement as the review meeting will be held alternately in Kathmandu and Doha. The November 19-20 meeting will finalise the content of the pact and later seal a technical agreement. The agreement will authorise the responsible authorities of both the countries to oversee labour related issues and resolve them as per the spirit of the agreement.
Earlier, a five-member Qatari delegation led by the joint secretary of the Labour Ministry of Qatar had visited Nepal to hold talks, last year. A joint committee including representatives from both the countries will be formed to review the pact.
Qatar is one of the most popular destinations for Nepali migrant workers after Malaysia. But Qatar has recently topped the chart after Nepal halted sending migrant workers to Malaysia. Last month, some 7,095 Nepali migrant workers went to Qatar for employment.

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