Doha: Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs H E Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo said that Qatar has embarked on an ambitious programme to reform labour laws and legislation in order to improve workers’ rights and ensure the economy movement, stressing that many reforms have been adopted so far and many are under development, reflecting the country’s commitment to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This came in a speech delivered by H E the Minister at the opening of the high-level forum titled ‘Business and Migration: Strengthening dialogue between the private sector and governments’ which highlighted the role of the business sector in labour reform and migration management.
His Excellency added that in order to ensure the success of these reforms, it is essential that the government and the private sector work hand in hand, and this approach will ensure that reforms are moving in the right direction to create a good labour market and that changes are implemented effectively by companies.
The conference is organised in cooperation with the partners of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation of Employers, under the auspices of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).
H E the Minister expressed pride in hosting the event in Doha, and hoped that the discussions of the forum would provide useful messages to be shared during the Global Forum on Migration and Development meeting to be held in Ecuador in November this year.
H E the Minister concluded by expressing his hope that the participants in the forum will discuss some recent experiences and good practices in the field of labour migration management developed in the State of Qatar, as well as learning from experiences around the world to understand how they can support national efforts under this framework. Since there are no one-size-fits-all solutions in labor migration policies, “we must collectively think about the best way to achieve our common goals,” His Excellency added.