Joint panel to implement Nepal-Jordan deal

Kathmandu, October 22

A joint technical committee comprising joint secretaries of Nepal and Jordan is being formed for the implementation of labour agreement between the two countries.

A press release issued today by the Ministry of Labour states that the committee will hold discussion on the issues concerning Nepali migrant workers in Jordan. Arrangement has also been made to hold the committee’s meeting once a year.

Minister for Labour Farmullah Mansoor and Minister for Labour and Employment of Jordan Ali Al- Ghezawi signed the agreement on October 18.

As per the agreement, there is also an arrangement of free ticket and visa for Nepali workers willing to go to Jordan for employment. The government has also implemented the same provision in Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Malaysia.

A mechanism will be formed in a bid to resolve any dispute between an employee and his/her employer, while a provision will be put into action that will guarantee welfare and security of Nepali migrant workers.

Around 8,000 Nepalis are currently working in the garment and service sectors in Jordan, according to the ministry. Although Nepal has allowed Nepali migrants to work in 109 foreign countries, bilateral labour agreement has been signed with only a few including Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, South Korera.