Quotas on jobs, not nationalities.

Chairman of the Parliament’s Human Resources Development Committee Khalil Al-Saleh announced that the committee’s report regarding the demographic situation in Kuwait is almost ready. According to parliamentary sources, the proposal submitted by the National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and MPs Rakan Al-Nisf, Ahmed Al-Fadhl, Khaled Al-Shatti and Nasser Al-Dousari regarding the demographic situation in Kuwait won a great consensus among members of the committee, especially since its articles take into account many legal considerations as well as the role of “wasta” in the labor market, especially for jobs with a technical dimension.

Chairman of the Parliament’s Human Resources Development Committee Khalil Al-Saleh

The sources said, “A gradual reduction in the number of expatriates after some jobs are covered by citizens is more appropriate in order to avoid the occurrence of confusion in the labor market.” They highlighted that there is a discrepancy in the application of the quota system for certain communities.

The sources explained that some members of the committee submitted a proposal with ratios for each community, but the matter settled to the application of the quota system in another way that does not consider the nationality, but rather the jobs.

This means the number of expatriates working in a particular position should not exceed 20 percent. Every year, the number will be reviewed to determine the country’s need for them until all those who are supposed to end their services in various sectors are dispensed with within five years, reports Al-Rai daily. The sources affirmed that the articles of the draft law include the provision of training centers to qualify Kuwaitis and establishment of awareness programs to encourage Kuwaitis to work in some jobs. MP Khalil Al-Saleh explained that, “The report will be ready on Thursday, because we expect the justice memo to arrive today or tomorrow. The report will focus on reducing the number of expatriates, while taking into account the need to reduce impact on the labor market, as it depends on setting a maximum limit for expatriate workers. Within six months, a number of categories will be excluded from it, provided that annual decisions are issued to define the country’s need for expatriate workers ”.

He said the report stipulates that the Council of Ministers will liquidate the status of expatriate workers who are in excess in the three labor market sectors – public, private and oil.

Source- Arab Times.

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