Abu Dhabi Dialogue ends with call for transparency

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 01:24, Oct 19,2019 | Updated: 19:02, Oct 20,2019


The fifth Ministerial Consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue ended in Dubai on Thursday adopting a seven-point declaration with a call to promote compliant and transparent labour recruitment and placement practice, recognise skill certification and address challenges of future works of the migrant workers.

The Abu Dhabi Dialogue called upon the member states to take more active roles in its programmes and initiatives to ensure safe and regular migration.

Ministers and heads of delegations from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam took part in the firth ministerial consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue in Dubai on October 16 and 17.

Speaking at the fifth ministerial consultation, Bangladesh’s expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmad called for recognition of prior learning or recognition of working experience of the migrant workers.

He said hundreds of thousands of workers from Bangladesh were working in UAE and other Middle East countries.

Though most of them were employed unskilled or semi-skilled but they already attained skills and efficiencies in different sectors after working long time there. If the destination countries recognise their skills, the workers could get jobs again in home country or other countries, he said.

He said aspirant workers were given training before departure, those training certificates should be mutually recognised for benefits of the migrant workers.

The member states of Abu Dhabi Dialogue were expected to work on five issues in next two years, according to is declaration.

Those issues include use of technology in migration process, holistic programmes to provide training and information to the outgoing migrant workers, certification and skill recognition, human centric cooperation on overseas employment and regional cooperation on labour migration.

Minister Imran Ahmad led the Bangladesh delegation comprised of Bangladesh ambassador in UAE Imran Ahmed, EWOE additional secretary Ahmed Munirus Saleheen and Bangladesh consul general in Dubai Iqbal Hossain Khan.

On further development of core domestic worker competency standard, the members states in the declaration expressed gratitude to the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council for their work in developing the first domestic worker competency standard.

They called for expansion of these set of domestic competency standard to encompass the full range of domestic worker occupations.

They also encourage the skilling and certification of domestic workers in line with relevant standard.  

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