The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development represented the Kingdom at the United Nations International Migration Review Forum, held in New York this week for the first time since the adoption of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migrations in December 2018.
The ministerial delegation was chaired by Deputy Minister for Work Environment Control and Development, Sattam bin Amer AlHarbi, who addressed the first day of forum events, the Kingdom’s 2030 vision and its aligned goals. on the objectives of the Global Compact for Migration.
AlHarbi also participated in an event organized on Thursday, on the sidelines of the forum entitled “Labour mobility and human rights: improving the governance of labor migration for migrant workers in the Middle East”, invited by the Philippines.
This event aims to highlight the strong partnership between labor source countries like the Philippines and destination countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and examine the flexibility of regular migration pathways, facilitating fair and ethical recruitment and guaranteeing conditions that guarantee decent conditions. and strengthening international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration.
The event saw high-ranking diplomatic representation from the three countries, including Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, his Bahraini counterpart, and the Secretary General of the Philippine Foreign Ministry, as well as representatives unions in these countries.
AlHarbi focused in his speech on the Kingdom Vision 2030, which is seen as the foundation and motivation for all economic and social reforms.
He also gave a presentation on many important initiatives of the kingdom which have helped to develop and increase the attractiveness of its labor market such as; the initiative to improve contractual relations, the professional selection program, as well as the activation of many new types of visas to meet market needs and provide more flexible choices to attract qualified workers.
In his speech, he mentioned the kingdom’s initiatives that guarantee the rights of expatriates, including the Wage Protection System to protect the rights of workers to their wages by monitoring employer compliance, the Electronic Contract Authentication Program for to allow workers to approve the terms of their contract on a designated platform, the “Weddy” program to resolve labor disputes, the Worker Education Initiative, and others.
AlHarbi confirmed that the kingdom has developed three policies to better protect workers’ rights, namely the National Occupational Health and Safety Policy, the National Child Labor Prohibition Policy and the National Labor Abolition Policy. strength.
He also stressed the importance of strengthening international cooperation and global partnerships for safe, orderly and regular migration, harmonizing national policies through multilateral and bilateral engagements.
The kingdom has entered into bilateral agreements with 17 labour-sending countries, all of which are fully aligned with UN, ILO and IOM standards to ensure a relationship based on human rights. between employees and employers, he added.