Kuwait does not need more foreign workers, official says

January 17, 2012

Kuwait’s labour market does not need more foreign workers, a senior official has said.

“The commitment to boost the rate of Kuwaiti nationals in the labour market from 31 per cent to 34 per cent by 2014 will end the need for foreigners,” Mohammad Al Kindari, the labour and social affairs assistant undersecretary, said.

Kuwaiti authorities have been pushing for reforms of the labour market that will reduce dependency on foreigners who make up around two thirds of the total population of 3.3 million.

Most of the expatriates are unskilled labourers, mainly from Asia, working in the construction sector.

The reforms include boosting the percentage of Kuwaiti nationals who join the market annually.

Al Kindi said that the ministry would soon allow the transfer of commercial visit visas to work permits, but only within government contracts, Kuwaiti daily Al Raireported on Tuesday.

The move will be discussed by the government after its formation following the election of a new parliament on February 2.




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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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