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Ghobash meets IOM chief

posted on 08/11/2009: 883 views

Athens - UAE Labour Minister HE Saqr Ghobash met on Thursday with the Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Swing, who praised the active participation of UAE in the Global Forum on Migration and Development, 2009 in Athens.

During the meeting, they discussed cooperation between the Ministry of Labour and the International Organization for Migration based in Geneva and explored the ways to benefit from the expertise available on both sides on managing the labour market conditions. They also discussed the programmes of the IOM aimed at the empowerment and rehabilitation of workers and protection of their rights.

Ghobash reviewed with the IOM chief, the achievements of the Ministry of Labour to improve the conditions of Asian labour in the UAE.

William Swing praised UAE's efforts to improve conditions of expatriate labour. He said that the UAE pioneered in the region the unique initiative for building a sample model to provide better living conditions for foreign workers.

He praised the wise policy of the UAE leadership in systematising the conditions of foreign workers and facilitating their movement as well as offering them appropriate job opportunities under good living conditions.

He also praised the policy of the Ministry of Labour to implement the sample model project and described it as the basis for the mechanism to solve the problems of contractual employment and migration. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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