Labor Minister addresses ILO’s 101st Session

June 13, 2012

Labor Minister Adel bin Mohammed Faqih, who is the current Chairman of the Council of Labor Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, addressed the 101st Session of the International Labor Conference in Geneva yesterday. During his remarks, Faqih outlined the progress made by the GCC countries, noting that their pace of ratifying basic labor agreements doubled during the last decade and several initiatives and actions were taken to protect workers’ rights.

“The Abu Dhabi Dialogue, which was launched in 2008, resulted in establishment of the principle of cooperation between sender and recipient countries,” he stated. “One form of such cooperation is an initiative which will be launched soon between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of India that aims at checking contracts electronically with the aim of enhancing transparency in contractual procedures and allowing workers to know contract conditions before traveling abroad.” Faqih also said that Saudi Arabia has launched a range of programs that aim at providing more job opportunities for Saudis and increasing women’s contributions to production processes.

Meanwhile, Faqih and the other GCC Labor Ministers held a meeting on the sidelines of the conference with ILO Director General Juan Somavia. The meeting dealt with aspects of joint cooperation between the ILO and the GCC countries. Faqih also met separately with Egyptian Minister of Manpower and Emigration Rifat Hassan and Afghan Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Amena Afzali. During the meetings, issues of common interest were discussed.

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