Qatar and India have agreed to pursue an integrated approach to enhance the welfare of workers. This includes regulating the recruitment process, and strengthening cooperation to address issues of mutual concern within a certain time frame. Qatar and India have also committed to integrating employment portals. Qatar-India Joint Working Group on employment held its seventh meeting in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on May 4-5.
The meeting was chaired by Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidli, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the Ministry of Labour, and by Anurag Bhushan, Assistant Undersecretary for Indian Expatriates Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A number of topics related to labor and manpower movement were discussed between the two sides. During the past few years, Qatar has taken a number of labor reform measures which are welcomed by the Indian side.
Qatar’s side also emphasized the commitment to protecting and promoting labour rights, in addition to praising India’s contributions to social development and infrastructure projects in Qatar. Qatar’s delegation met with V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India. The delegation also visited the National Skill Development Corporation in New Delhi, where the two sides exchanged ideas on developing cooperation in the field of skills training and certification.