E-link with most Asian countries to eliminate labour contract scams

DUBAI — Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, Minister of Labour (MoL), yesterday said the ministry has finished giving final touches to the project linking the UAE electronically with the main countries in Asia, from where labourers come to work in this country.

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Published: Fri 8 Sep 2006, 10:08 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:20 PM

He further said that the project will be implemented in phases and the first part will include six countries. The project will be launched at the GITEX exhibition to be held in Dubai next month.

Talking to reporters here, the minister said that the project linking the UAE with the Asian countries will focus on electronic contracts. He explained that it will allow labourers to sign their contracts in their countries in the presence of the representatives of the ministry of labour. An electronic copy of the contract will be sent to the UAE to be kept as an official document in case of any dispute and this will be the real proof for the contract.

Dr Al Kaabi emphasised that the new move will eliminate any scope for duplication of labour contracts for workers since, as is the usual practice, foreign recruitment offices sign a bogus contract with a worker in his home country and agree on different terms in the contract signed by the UAE-based company hiring him.

Dr Al Kaabi also said that the country will issue labour contracts electronically by next year and this will be done through and with the knowledge of the authorities in the labour exporting countries and not through the worker himself as it happens now.

Dr Al Kaabi added that the UAE has finalised the measures to adopt the new policy and has completed the necessary technical preparations for the new project. The MoL is waiting for the countries concerned to complete their preparations.

According to the minister, the MoL had devised a number of electronic solutions which aim at speeding applications’ processing procedures.

Meanwhile, Dr Al Kaabi said that the administrative development team of theministry has resumed its activities which have been suspended for some time. He added that the team would be entrusted with the same responsibilities they had before.

The minister also honoured 20 employees who received the international licence of computer, which makes the ministry the first to get the permission to issue such certificates as part of the cooperation agreement between the ministry and the ICDL of GCC Countries, under which the MoL supervises two authenticated ICDL centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Dr Al Kaabi said the step is part of the ministry’s strategy aimed at promoting and enhancing the concept of the electronic government that His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, calls for.

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