Uniform labor inspection regulations for GCC nations

Updated 03 July 2013

Uniform labor inspection regulations for GCC nations

Labor ministries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are close to establishing a uniform labor inspection regime, an official revealed.
The Executive Bureau of the Council of GCC Ministers of Labor has drawn up a set of model guidelines to standardize labor inspection in the member states during its meeting in Bahrain on Monday.
The meeting also adopted a code of conduct for labor inspectors.
The meeting recommended increasing mutual visits and exchanging expertise between the GCC states, in addition to organizing training programs for the personnel working in the field of inspection.
The Council of GCC Labor Ministers will discuss the meeting’s recommendations in its next meeting set to take place in Bahrain in October.
Director of the Executive Office, Aqeel Al-Jassem, said the draft guidelines are part of the continuing efforts of the council of ministers to have a uniform system in place for all the member states to regulate labor inspections and related issues.
“The GCC states believe that the role of the labor ministries’ inspectorates is important, given their key role in law enforcement and providing stable working relationships based on mutual respect, which are significant factors in maintaining the efficiency and quality of the Gulf economies,” he said.
Al-Jassem said: “The council has been striving to implement the best practices in the area of inspection, which is what the model regulations aim to achieve.
The guidelines are compatible with many articles of the international conventions on labor inspection and the code of conduct adopted by the international labor associations for inspections.”
However, Al-Jassem said the guidelines would not violate any national legislation in force in the GCC countries.
“The new guidelines take into account the coherence among the GCC member countries in their legislative and executive levels in labor inspection,” he added.


Saudi envoy to UK calls for more cooperation amid pandemic

Updated 3 min 39 sec ago

Saudi envoy to UK calls for more cooperation amid pandemic

  • Prince Khalid said the Saudi economy is performing better than some expected

LONDON: Saudi Ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan Al-Saud has called for greater cooperation between the two kingdoms amid the coronavirus crisis.

Writing in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, the envoy said Saudi Arabia and the UK “have lost too many people to the virus,” and referred to the similarities between the two nations in their moves to secure the long-term strength of their economies.

Prince Khalid said Britain and Saudi Arabia enjoy a close relationship, and he feels “very strongly that our two nations can help each other meet the challenges of these very difficult times.”

He added that many Britons work in Saudi companies and vice versa, and while the links between the two kingdoms have often revolved around business, the liberalized leisure opportunities brought about by the Vision 2030 reform plan will make for a rise in tourism and travel. 

Prince Khalid said the Saudi economy is performing better than some expected. Praising his country’s move to privatize Saudi Aramco, he said share prices in the company have reached pre-COVID-19 levels.

But as openness and thriving business and tourism relationships have grown between the Middle East and the West, the envoy expressed fears that some are threatening to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to erect barriers worldwide. 

This cannot “be the legacy of corona,” he said. “We can’t allow a division to emerge between East and West, we must all work together to build a prosperous open global trading legacy.

“Britain and Saudi Arabia, as countries that in different ways are both dependent on global trade, must work together to make sure that the world makes the right choice.”