Qatar expected to attract more Sri Lankan job-seekers

October 6, 2010

Qatar is expected to attract more Sri Lankan job-seekers as the National Recruitment Committee in Saudi Arabia has said that it will refrain from signing further employment contracts with workers from the island nation.

Recruitment agencies here expect many will turn to Doha, a capital with huge job potential.

“We believe job-seekers might turn to Doha if the doors to Saudi Arabia are closed. There are many jobs available here,” said a Sri Lankan recruitment agency in Doha. “We have no problems with recruiting procedures.”

According to media reports, Saudi Arabia’s National Recruitment Committee had urged all private recruitment offices in the country to refrain from signing further contracts for the employment of Sri Lankans.

However, A Tharmakulasingham, Counsellor at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Doha, said that he was not aware of the reports, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Wednesday.

Standard recruitment procedures are followed by the embassy according to a memorandum of understanding signed between Qatar and Sri Lanka in 2008.

“It was implemented in August this year and is being followed successfully,” Tharmakulasingham said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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