Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Nepal, Japan to hold talks on labour pact

Tokyo and Kathmandu is holding an extensive discussion on a bilateral labour agreement between the two counties.
A high-level Japanese government technical team has arrived in Kathmandu today to hold the discussion with Nepal. The four-member Japanese team that includes two representatives each from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice will hold discussions on labour quota that Japan intends to allocate for Nepal, sectors that will absorb Nepali workers and whether the government or the private sector will oversee the migration process to Japan with Nepal.
According to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, both the nations are scheduled to hold discussions on the memorandum of cooperation – which mentions the minimum requirement for Nepali migrants to be eligible to seek jobs in Japan – that had already sent to Nepal by the Japanese government.
The teams will also finalise the modality of supplying workers and other legal issues, though the priority of the Nepal is to adopt a government-to-government (G2G) model to recruit Nepali migrant workers for various technical and non-technical jobs in Japan. Nepal had formally proposed Japan – on April 4 last year – to follow South Korea’s Employment Permit System (EPS) model to recruit Nepali workers.
On January 9, foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali had held talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono – during Kono's two-day official visit to Kathmandu – and they both had agreed to hold extensive discussions on bilateral labour issues.

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