Firms contributing to employment of locals to be rewarded

DUBAI - The National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority (Tanmia) will institute the Nationalisation Award to reward the companies and bodies, which actively contribute to the employment of the UAE nationals in the public and private sectors.

By Sanaa Maadad

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Published: Sat 24 Apr 2004, 11:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:09 PM

The project of the Nationalisation Award was discussed and finalised by Tanmia's Board of Trustees at its second meeting for this year held in Dubai under the chairmanship of Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and Tanmia's Chairman.

The project aims at encouraging private establishments and government bodies to play an active role in achieving the government strategies concerning creating jobs for UAE jobless citizens whose numbers reached over 30,000 by the end of last year, as announced recently by Mr Al Tayer.

The board members also discussed the Federal Programme which is another project aimed at encouraging the setting up of small and medium enterprises as a means to create job opportunities for UAE nationals and enhance their participation in the national economy by allowing those who are financially capable to own and manage their own businesses while creating positions for others in productive and services feasible projects.

In this context, the board reviewed the practical measures adopted by Tanmia to implement the cooperation agreement it signed last year with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Under this agreement the ILO will help in setting up a unit for the development of small and medium businesses at the authority. The unit will be charged with the tasks of designing training courses on the basics of managing and developing small and medium businesses for UAE national job seekers who get at the end of these courses certificates from the ILO.

Establishing an electronic link between Tanmia and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to be able to control the issuance of employment visas to expatriates for specific jobs that can be performed by suitable job seekers registered with the authority.

The efforts of the authority in supporting the nationalisation drive in the banking sector were highlighted by the members at the meeting in addition to reviewing the 12 memoranda of understanding signed by the authority with 10 banks during the last six months through which Tanmia secured at least 450 jobs for the job seekers in those banks.

In the same context the board decided to activate the role of the human resources development committee in the insurance sector to attract more UAE nationals to this sector which witnesses a decrease in the rate of nationalisation to 3.5 per cent.

The members also discussed the efforts of the Committee for Controlling the Size of Foreign Workforce in the construction sector. The committee has adopted the suggestions of authority concerning granting the contracting companies which appoint a certain percentage of UAE nationals the priority in projects and decided accordingly to conduct a field survey on the number of such companies and the percentage of UAE nationals on their pay roll, in addition to giving incentives of the UAE nationals occupying administrative and engineering positions.

Other issues discussed at the meeting include reports on the visits by the authority's officials to the local governments and the suggestion to set up a Council for nationalisation of jobs in Ras Al Khaimah, in addition to reviewing the Omani experience in supporting the projects for employing their nationals.

Also discussed was the participation of the authority in the Career 2004, the career guidance project being implemented by a British company among other issues.

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