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Ethiopia agrees to Kuwaiti conditions on hiring domestic workers – ARAB TIMES

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Sri Lanka Embassy Reduces Recruitment Fees for Servants

KUWAIT CITY, July 18: The head of the Kuwait Federation of Domestic Labor Offices Khaled Al-Dakhnan has called for the urgent signing of the labor agreement with Ethiopia, Al-Qabas daily reports. Al-Dakhnan told the daily that the Ethiopian ambassador confirmed in a recent meeting that his country had given the ‘green light’ to the Kuwaiti terms of the agreement and that Ethiopia was awaiting the invitation to sign the protocol. Okay. Al-Dakhnan pointed out that the recruitment of Ethiopian workers will contribute significantly to reducing the prices of new contracts for domestic workers.

He mentioned that the contracts signed with Ethiopia will be lower than what is currently available in the labor market in terms of cost and monthly salaries. In turn, Federation Councilor Abdulaziz Al-Ali told the daily that contacts have been made with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Authority for Manpower regarding the emergency. to sign the agreement with the Ethiopian side.

Al-Ali pointed out that the Kuwaiti and Ethiopian sides agreed on some points and that they have been completed and submitted to the Legal Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which “we hope will expedite its work and sign the agreement, indicating that Ethiopian manpower to be brought to Kuwait will have what he called sufficient experience and training.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Kuwait, H.E. Othman Jowhar, said his country had reduced the cost of recruiting domestic workers from his country to 230 dinars to 245 dinars from 475 dinars, Al daily reports. – Rai. However, the ambassador added, this is only for individual sponsors and not for national labor recruitment offices in Kuwait for which the fee is set at 890 dinars by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Commerce. He added that this followed several complaints from citizens about the high fees for signing contracts to recruit domestic workers. He added that the embassy does not use the K-net payment system and charges are only collected in cash.

He revealed that around 30,000 employment contracts from his country had been concluded at the embassy in the past six months. This follows the complaint of several Kuwaitis about the high fees for certifying contracts for the recruitment of domestic workers from Sri Lanka. In a statement to the Daily, Jowhar explained that this fee only applies to individual contracts brought in by sponsors; not contracts issued through licensed employment offices in Kuwait, in which the fee is set at KD 890. He added that the embassy does not use the K-Net payment system, as it only receives fees in cash.