Cairo: Operators of national labor recruitment agencies in Ethiopia recently visited Kuwait and concluded initial employment contracts, a step that should alleviate the shortage of such labor in the country, said a specialist.
“This milestone signals an imminent breakthrough in the conclusion of a Kuwaiti-Ethiopian Memorandum of Understanding regulating the recruitment of labor from Addis Ababa,” said Bassam Al Shamiri, national labor affairs specialist.
The Ethiopian embassy is expected to open its new premises in Kuwait next month, helping in the process of recruiting Ethiopian workers in a bid to alleviate a severe shortage in Kuwait, Al Shamiri told Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida.
“Several local recruitment offices are awaiting the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties to pave the way for the conclusion of initial recruitment contracts called work orders with their counterparts in Addis Ababa,” he said. .
Al Shamiri argued that recruiting Ethiopian workers would introduce balance to the Kuwaiti market and solve the current shortage, citing the low costs and wages of such labour.
He said the main problems in recruiting foreign workers include high airfare prices amid a controversial decision by Kuwait’s Ministry of Commerce setting a cap of 890 KD as the cost of recruiting a domestic worker at the stranger.