India and UAE Sign Revised MoU on Manpower

Shri Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and Civil Aviation and Mr. Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour of United Arab Emirates signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on manpower. Addressing on the occasion, Shri Ravi said that this MoU will strengthen the symbiotic relationship and mutual cooperation between the two countries. He said that the e-governance in migration project is a major initiative taken by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. He also hailed the measures taken by the UAE government to improve the condition of workers in UAE.

The revised MoU will boost the initiative of the Ministry in implementing Web Based Attestation Procedure for employment contracts for emigrant workers in UAE by the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi. A need has been felt over the years to revise the MoU, which was signed between India and the UAE in December, 2006 to address various problems faced by the Indian emigrant workers in the UAE. After detailed negotiations between the two countries, a revised MoU was finalized and signed today. The MoU in the field of manpower between India and the UAE provides for the following:

(i)         Facilitation of the recruitment of Indian manpower for working in the UAE;

(ii)        Broad procedure for employment of workers;

(iii)       Responsibilities of the employers and workers;

(iv)       Exchange of knowledge and experience in job-creation and generation of employment opportunity;

(v)        Protection and welfare of workers under the labour laws and regulations of the host country;

(vi)       Authentication of the work contract between the Employer and the employee by the Ministry of Labour, Government of UAE; and

(vii)      Constitution of a Joint Committee comprising of at least three Members each from both the Governments to implement the provisions of the MoU.

It is estimated that there are approximately 17.5 lakh Indians in the UAE, constituting the largest expatriate community in that country. Out of this, about 13.5 lakh are emigrant workers, mostly employed in construction, services and household sectors.  India-UAE trade, valued at US$ 180 million per annum in the 1970s, is today around US$44 billion making UAE, India’s largest trading partner. There is an estimated US$6 billion UAE investment in India of which about US$ 1.92 billion is in the form of foreign direct investment, while the remaining as portfolio investment. UAE is the tenth biggest investor in India in terms of FDI. The annual remittances made by the large Indian community in UAE (estimated to be around 1.75 million) amount to over US $5 billion.  They had actively invested in the past in the various bonds floated by India such as Resurgent India Bonds and the India Millennium Bonds.

Source: Press Information Bureau

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