7th JWG Meeting between India and Qatar on Labour and Manpower Development

May 06:The 7th JWG Meeting between India and Qatar on Labour and Manpower Development was held on 04-05 May 2022 in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Anurag Bhushan, Joint Secretary (OIA-I), Ministry of External Affairs and the Qatari delegation was led by H.E. Mr Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidly, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs, Ministry of Labour.

Both sides held fruitful and productive discussions on a wide range of issues related to labour and manpower mobility. The Indian side welcomed the progressive labour reform measures adopted by Qatar over the past years. The Qatari side appreciated the contribution of the Indian migrant workforce in the socio-economic development and infrastructure building in the State of Qatar. Qatari side reiterated its commitment to the protection and promotion of labour rights. Both sides agreed to adopt an integrated approach to promote the welfare and well-being of workers, including streamlining recruitment and enhancing cooperation for the time-bound resolution of issues of mutual concern. In this context, both agreed to work towards integrating the recruitment portals.

The Qatari delegation called on Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan and Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Secretary (CPV&OIA).

Qatari delegation also visited the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Delhi. Both sides had useful exchanges of views on furthering co-operation in skills training and certification. The visiting delegation also held discussions with the representatives of Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA).

It was agreed to hold the next round of Joint Working Group meetings in Qatar at mutually convenient dates.

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