UAE and India keen to complete online labour recruitment system
Officials from both countries recently met in India to discuss their joint online platform, which will enhance the recruitment process for contractual labourers
Officials from the UAE and India discussed the online system that is being developed to enhance labour recruitment processes between both countries.
A delegation from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MHRE), the UAE's labour authority, recently met officials from India's Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), to discuss labour hiring and recruitment procedures.
Work is underway to develop an electronic system connecting the embassies of the UAE and India, helping to regulate the recruitment of contractual labourers from the India to the UAE.
The system follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both countries this February, which included placing recruitment requests through MHRE's web portal.
The application will include the details and nature of work as well.
A bilateral cooperation agreement concerning domestic workers will be included within the MoU.
Dr Omar Alnuami, assistant under-secretary for communication and international relations at MHRE, led the delegation that visited India to meet with officials in the country.
Alnuami said officials from both countries "asserted the keenness to complete the procedures" for the e-system project.
The UAE official added that the visit was part of the country's efforts to develop "the prospects of cooperation" with India, a nation that is among the "most prominent" global labour-exporting markets.
UAE state news agency, WAM, said that the visit would help to continue "responsible dialogue and coordination between both countries", and "control and regulate the cycle of temporary contractual work in all its stages".
On 24 February, 2018, it was announced that MHRE and India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had agreed to form a joint committee that would follow up on the MoU's implementation.
The MoU's signing ceremony took place earlier in the month, and was attended by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, signed the MoU on behalf of the UAE.
At the time, WAM reported that the joint committee would take "the necessary steps to cooperate in managing the contractual work cycle, and exchanging studies and information in the manpower field, including the use of information technology".
Up to 149,962 Indian blue-collar workers found jobs in the UAE last year, according to a report published by Indian media outlet, Hindustan Times, on 15 March, 2018.
Citing the same figures, US-based media outlet, Little India, added that some of the jobs for which Indian workers moved abroad were "that of a mason, labor, carpenter, helper, and electrician, according to government figures".