Nepal, Malaysia labour talks extended

Kathmandu, September 11

The two-day meeting of joint working group (JWG) that aimed to reopen the Malaysian job market for Nepali migrant workers and was scheduled to conclude in Kuala Lumpur today has been extended by a day.

Ram Prasad Ghimire, joint secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security and head of the Nepali delegation, informed that the discussion was ongoing as they had failed to reach a conclusion today as planned.

“We have agreed to talk some more on the issues of common interest and we hope to conclude the meeting tomorrow.”

Stating that both the governments had presented their respective agendas in the meeting, he informed that there had been ‘remarkable progress for resuming labour supply to Malaysia’.

Although both the countries had reached a bilateral labour agreement in October, some technical issues had to be finalised still.

The seven-member delegation from Nepal also comprises the representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Law and Nepali Embassy in Malaysia.