Qatar Hosts 2nd GCC Meeting to Develop Social Protection Systems for Expatriate Workers

(MENAFN) The Ministry of Labour (MoL) in Qatar recently hosted the 2nd GCC meeting to develop social protection systems for expatriate workers in the GCC countries. Representatives from the Ministry of Labour, the Executive Office of GCC Countries, and the International Labour Organization were present at the meeting in Doha.

The primary objective of the meeting was to discuss suggestions for revamping the mechanisms of disbursing end-of-service benefits to expatriate workers. The proposals will be presented to the Labour ministers of the GCC countries at their forthcoming gathering in the third quarter of this year.

The meeting focused on familiarizing attendees with both Arab and international practices in broadening the scope of social protection systems for expatriate workers. This includes initiatives such as savings and social protection funds. The GCC countries are committed to developing laws and legislation for the protection of expatriate workers, indicating that developing the work environment in Qatar is a continuous approach that is in line with the National Vision 2030.

Mohamed Hassan Al-Obaidly, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Labour, noted that the GCC countries are committed to the development approach in all fields, including the continuity in developing bilateral and Gulf relations with countries that send expatriate workers. The meeting aimed to strengthen these relations through social protection measures.

The meeting was organized by the Executive Office of the Council of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and the International Labour Organization. Participants included experts and specialists in the departments of protection of expatriate workers and labour disputes in the ministries of Labour in GCC countries. Also in attendance were specialists in pension and insurance agencies and funds, members of the expert group in the field of Labour and international relations in the GCC countries, as well as representatives of employers and workers.

Overall, the meeting highlights the importance of developing social protection systems for expatriate workers in the GCC countries. By enhancing these systems, countries can improve the working conditions and welfare of expatriate workers, which can lead to increased productivity and economic growth.


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