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India-UAE partnership on labour issues could be role model for Asia

In a regional consultative process between India-UAE, the platform witnessed wide ranging discussions on contractual labour mobility, regional cooperation and sharing of best experiences and learning from one another's experience.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 18, 2019, 05.45 PM IST
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MoS for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan led the Indian delegation to the 5th Ministerial Consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue held on 16-17 Oct in Dubai.
India and its close Gulf partner UAE held wide ranging consultations on labour mobility and have highlighted this as a role model for other Asian countries. Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan led the Indian delegation to the fifth Ministerial Consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) held on 16-17 October in Dubai. It is a regional, voluntary and non-binding Consultative Process between Asian countries of labour origin and destination, which serves as a platform to facilitate regional cooperation on contractual labour mobility, sharing of best experiences and learning from one another’s experience.

In his address at the Ministerial Consultation, MOS spoke about ongoing efforts between India and UAE with respect to integration of India’s e-Migrate system with online system of Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation (MOHRE), UAE and collaboration on bench marking of skill qualifications, assessment and certification. Both these initiatives may serve as a model of cooperation for other ADD member states for promoting fair and ethical recruitment as well as safe and legal migration.

MOS met Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation,UAE and along with him also felicitated 5 Indian workers and foreign employer from UAE (NBTC Group) under the ongoing India-UAE collaboration on skill harmonization.

On the margins of the Ministerial Consultation, MOS also met Abdullah Nasser Abuthnain, Vice Minister of Labour and Social Development, Saudi Arabia and MoU on Skill Harmonisation with Takamol Holding (a semi-governmental agency under Ministry of Labor, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) was exchanged in presence of MOS and Minister from Saudi Arabia. In addition, he also met Mariam Eqeal, Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Kuwait and discussed issues relating to bilateral cooperation aimed at labour welfare.

Community events were organised in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi during this visit wherein MOS appreciated the positive role played by the 3.3 million strong Indian community in the development of relations between UAE and India. On 16 October, MoS also visited the Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayta Kendra(PBSK) in Dubai to witness its functioning.

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