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Vietnam sets up training college for Gulf workers

Ambassador also reveals potential new Qatari construction JV

More Vietnamese workers could soon be arriving in the Gulf via a new training college
More Vietnamese workers could soon be arriving in the Gulf via a new training college

A Labour Training Centre is to be set up in Vietnam to train construction workers for the Qatar market.

Gulf Times said that an agreement between the Qatari and Vietnamese governments has already been ironed out and land for the college has already been allocated following meetings between the country's two labour ministers.

Vietnamese ambassador Le Hong Phan said the centre would focus on educating workers on language and cultural issues in the GCC region generally and in Qatar specifically. 

He added that the aim of the college was to increase "the number of Vietnamese labour force in Qatar and GCC countries in general”.

"The number of the Vietnamese labour force in Qatar is very modest that now amounts to about 500 persons. However, the number is increasing year after year,” he said. 

The ambassador also said that he expected a Vietnamese construction company to open a new HQ in Doha in a joint venture with a Qatari investor soon.

“This would dramatically increase the number of Vietnamese workers coming to Qatar," he said.

He also pointed to growing links between the two countriess - specifically the work being undertaken by developer Qatari Diar in developing commercial and residential real estate joint ventures with municipal governments in Vietnam.

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