GCC labor ministers’ talks to focus on foreign workers

Updated 13 November 2016
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GCC labor ministers’ talks to focus on foreign workers

RIYADH: The GCC labor and social development ministers are meeting Sunday for talks of mutual concern, foremost among them how to develop the council’s work, activate common working mechanisms and achieve the requirements of the Gulf union.
The four days of meetings were preceded by preparatory meetings of the secretariats of the above-mentioned ministries.
Mufrej Al-Haqabani, minister of labor and social development, will preside over the meetings during which Gulf ministers will discuss GCC countries' strategies in the field of labor and social development, the status of foreign workers in their countries and the challenges facing their directorates.
They will also discuss the annual report assessing the progress of programs meant to increase the rates of employment of national cadre in the GCC countries.
The ministers will discuss the benefits citizens receive from social services, in light of the joint Gulf market, and the proposal to form a mechanism to coordinate mutual charity work, as well as the development goals for the year 2030.
During the first session, establishments that distinguished themselves by giving jobs to the citizens of the Gulf states, owners of notable small projects in the Gulf and pioneering projects in the field of social work will be awarded.
The Council of Labor and Social Development Ministers in the GCC countries was established at the Manama conference in 1987 because of the critical historical phase the area was passing through and of the social and labor challenges, which are closely related to the development and wellbeing of Gulf citizens.
The council is made up of labor and social development ministers of the GCC countries, in addition to those of the Yemeni republic.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.