June 20, 2024

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Kuwait Looking to Hire Workers from Ethiopia

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According to reports from state media outlets, the governments of Ethiopia and Kuwait have signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate the employment of Ethiopian workers in Kuwait. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Muferihat Kamil, the Ethiopian Minister of Labor and Skills, and Nasser Hajji Al-Mutairi, Kuwait’s Ambassador to Ethiopia. This agreement establishes a framework and guidelines for the recruitment and employment of Ethiopian nationals in various sectors within Kuwait.

Officials from both sides attended this event. From Ethiopia, Deputy Minister of Labor and Skills, Soloman Soka, and from Kuwait, Ambassador of Kuwait to Ethiopia, Saeed Mohammed attended this ceremony. However, other officials from both countries were also present at the ceremony.

The MoU is aimed at establishing a comprehensive legal structure that clearly defines the rights and entitlements of Ethiopian nationals employed in Kuwait. Additionally, the agreement seeks to encourage enhanced cooperation and strengthen ties between the two countries.

Reportedly, Kuwait does not have enough workers for household jobs and tasks. This is because Kuwait has stopped allowing workers from the Philippines to come and work there. Experts advised the government of Kuwait to find solutions to this problem. One solution they suggest is to hire workers from other countries like Ethiopia.

In May 2023, Kuwait suspended all new visas for Philippine nationals indefinitely, preventing new Filipino workers from coming to Kuwait. This visa ban applied only to new Filipino workers seeking to enter Kuwait for the first time. Existing Filipino workers with valid residency permits in Kuwait were allowed to renew and continue working. The visa suspension came after Kuwait accused the Philippine government of violating a bilateral labor agreement between the two countries regarding the treatment of Filipino workers.

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