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Kuwait to conduct professional tests for expat workers

world Updated: Jun 15, 2010 14:57 IST
Kuwait to conduct professional tests for expat workers

Prospective expatriate workers seeking employment opportunities in Kuwait will now be required to pass professional training tests at centres in their home countries, in a move by authorities to control the labour market.

The workers will also be required to take other tests held in Kuwait before they can take up jobs in the country,
according to a report in the Kuwait Times.

The new move has been suggested by the Kuwait Professions Organisation which will undertake the activities
required for the purpose in coordination with concerned state ministries as well as embassies of Kuwait located abroad
through the Foreign Ministry.

"Several meetings were held with the (ministries of) Social Affairs, Interior and Foreign Affairs as well as the
Chamber of Commerce to devise a mechanism to recruit workers in accordance with the establishment of a labour authority,"
said Head of the Organisation Homoud Al-Madhaf.

The new move aims to control the labour market, and strike a balance by supplying highly qualified labour forces
that are capable of meeting the demands of job owners while avoiding the recruitment of unqualified manpower.

Nearly six lakh Indians are currently based in the small Gulf nation, constituting the largest among expatriate
populations in Kuwait.