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Saudi Arabia Resumes Recruiting Indonesian Domestic Workers

Saudi Arabia Resumes Recruiting Indonesian Domestic Workers

Friday, 12 October, 2018 - 13:45
Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad al-Rajhi during the signing of the agreement in Jakarta. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Saudi Arabia signed on Thursday a cooperation agreement with Indonesia for the resumption of recruitment of domestic workers following a two-year suspension.

Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad al-Rajhi and Indonesian Minister of Manpower and Immigration Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri signed the agreement.

The first phase of the deal includes more than 30,000 visas.

The two ministries launched the one-channel system to recruit Indonesian workers on the sidelines of the agreement between the two countries.

It is a unified e-system agreed upon by the two parties in order to facilitate and expedite the procedures of sending and bringing home workers and safeguarding the rights of contracting parties.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajhi highlighted the Kingdom’s close relations with Indonesia and stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination in further enhancing bilateral interests.

“The future of labor relations between the Kingdom and Indonesia will be a promising one, based on solid foundations, and we look forward to developing this relationship through more efforts and coordination,” he said.

The minister added that the signing of the agreement is the result of the fruitful bilateral relations that comes within the framework of the protection of rights and regulating the relations between workers and employers in accordance with the laws and regulations prevailing in both countries, as well as with international conventions and treaties.

"It is also an effective step in the continuation of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields of work,” he stressed.

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