GCC labour meet call to control expat workforce

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The meet urged the GCC nations to develop and implement vocational training programmes as part of a common GCC system for sector skills and standards.

The 26-point recommendations, made after a series of brainstorming sessions, has its focus on four different sectors, like education and training, expatriate labour force and Nationalisation of jobs; labour legislation and labour market information systems.

On education and training, the meet called on the GCC nations to develop education and training policies which are suited to the GCC labour market requirements. “The establishment of a GCC Vocational Public Authority, using lessons from European practices in vocational training system, supporting of women’s training programmes developing a culture of entrepreneurship in the minds of young businessmen and women in the region" are among other recommendations of the meet.

Regarding the expatriate workforce, the meet recommended that the GCC countries define their numbers and proficiencies according to the GCC Labour Market requirements vis-à-vis their nationalisation programmes.

“Job nationalisation plans and programmes need to be realistic; they should be continuously modified in accordance with latest development in education and labour market demands. The gap between private and public sectors in terms of incentives and benefits must be bridged", the document said.

The meet also recommended the GCC countries to develop a legislative framework responsive to labour market developments in compliance with trends in international law. It also wanted to review the labour legislation system in the GCC states, particularly those related to the role of women, streamlining the relationship between recruitment agencies, job seekers and employers, foreign workforce rights and facilitate a culture of peaceful dispute settlement in the GCC judicial system.

Other recommendations of the meet were; enhance efforts for conducting studies and research related to manpower in the private sector, identify and address the hurdles to continuous development and progress of the GCC labour market, provide periodical bulletins and publications related to labour market indices and facts for researchers and coordinate efforts between different government agencies to facilitate flow of information.

The symposium was hosted by the General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP), Qatar.

 

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