The UAE participated in the inaugural meetings of the Doha Dialogue, focused on temporary migration of workers from African countries to GCC countries, Jordan and Lebanon.

Dr Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation of the UAE, attended the meetings held in the Qatari capital.

Representatives from the African Union, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as well as experts and academics, were also present.

The Doha Dialogue aims to strengthen regional cooperation and partnerships to improve the recruitment of workers from African countries.

This is in response to the increasing number of African workers migrating to GCC and other Arab countries. These figures are expected to increase in the coming years due to the sustainable growth of GCC countries and their demand for diversified employment levels.

“Establishing the foundations for constructive dialogue and developing targeted initiatives and forums are essential tools to foster joint action and create opportunities for cooperation,” Al Awar said.

“The UAE recognizes the importance of developing bilateral and multilateral partnerships to strengthen and improve the governance of labor mobility between countries of origin and destination,” he added.

The launch of the Doha Dialogue is part of a coordinated effort between Qatar and the African Union to develop a consultative mechanism between African countries, Gulf States, Jordan and Lebanon.

It aims to implement best practices, building on the success of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, launched by the United Arab Emirates in 2008 as a consultative mechanism between sending and receiving Asian countries. -work.

Al Awar highlighted several initiatives and programs aimed at strengthening the attractiveness of the labor market in the UAE, emphasizing the country’s humanitarian approach in establishing an integrated social protection framework that addresses all categories of workers.

These include the unemployment insurance scheme, which provides temporary monthly income to workers who lose their jobs, in exchange for a nominal contribution.

He also cited the worker protection program designed to guarantee workers’ financial rights at the end of their employment relationship, with coverage extended to 98.8 percent of UAE workers.

The minister then highlighted the Voluntary Savings Plan, through which the end-of-service benefits of private sector employees are invested in investment funds, with the aim of generating returns for employees on their end-of-service benefits. service.

He also highlighted the introduction of health insurance benefits for UAE workers.

The first edition of the Doha Dialogue focused on issues related to fair and ethical employment practices for expatriate workers, with the aim of reaching agreement on the structure, mechanism and terms of reference of the Dialogue.

Participants discussed the work plan, budget, funding mechanism of the research program and the process of selecting priority topics.


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