News - Afghanistan
Afghan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) officials on Saturday said the draft agreement on migrant workers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia is in its final stages and is expected to be signed soon.
MoLSAMD spokesman Ali Eftekhari said the agreement once signed will help Afghan workers get work permits from the UAE and Saudi Arabia and thus resolve issues currently faced by locals in the two Arab nations.
"The agreement which is about work permits to Afghan workers will be signed soon with UAE, and the agreement will help to overcome the problems in the short term," he said.
Meanwhile, officials from Afghanistan's Labor Union have expressed confidence that with the signing of the agreement, Afghan laborers will get more incentives while working in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and some other gulf states.
"We met the president and he pledged to take the initiative forward for resolving the issue of unemployment and he positively responded to our recommendations," deputy of Afghanistan Labor Union Ghulam Baryal said.
Based on statistics, currently more than 300,000 Afghan workers are working in Saudi Arabia and 270,000 in the UAE, however the majority of the workers work there using Pakistani identification.