The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain in London: "Britain commended the solutions developed by the Kingdom of Bahrain to regulate the labor market"
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, expressed his appreciation of the praise given by a number of British government officials and parliamentarians for the solutions developed by the Kingdom of Bahrain to regulate the labor market and the recently adopted flexible system, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East, allowing expatriate workers to enter the market directly without the need for a sponsor.
This came during a number of meetings organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Kingdom, with government officials, parliamentarians, researchers, academics, diplomats and representatives of British human rights organizations, on the occasion of the official visit of the CEO of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority, Ausamah bin Abdulla Al-Absi to London during the first week of May.
In this context, Ausamah bin Abdulla Al-Absi pointed out that the experience of the Kingdom of Bahrain in dealing with expatriate workers is new and unprecedented in the Middle East and North Africa. It follows a method that satisfies the economy and protects the rights of these workers and contributes to the freedom of economic growth and dealing with economic variables that were not met by previous regulations.
During the visit, which coincided with World Labor Day, the CEO of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority met with representatives of the Chambers of Commerce, the Department of Contemporary Slavery and Trafficking in Persons at the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Ministry of Interior of the United Kingdom.
In the meeting, Ausamah bin Abdulla Al-Absi stressed the interest of the Kingdom of Bahrain in safeguarding the rights of all expatriate workers, pointing out that the Kingdom has enacted many legislations in this regard, including the flexible permit system for foreign labor. He also noted the wide acclaim received during the interventions of the labor-exporting countries in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review.
For their part, the representatives of the Department of International Trade praised the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Labor Market Regulatory Authority to protect the expatriate community working within the approved laws and regulations, expressing their desire to send a delegation from the United Kingdom to the Kingdom, including government representatives and investors to benefit from their expertise in this field.
The CEO of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority participated in the discussion session organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in London under the patronage of the British MP Connor Burns, (Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Bahrain). In the presence of a number of parliamentarians and experts in the field of labor market regulation and combating trafficking in persons, and in the forum organized by the Forum of South Asia and the Middle East and attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the British Independent Commission to Combat Traffickers in Persons.
In addition to meeting with the Executive Chairman of the British Independent Commission against Trafficking in Persons and representatives of Amnesty International, the International Organization Against Slavery and a number of clerics and diplomats interested in this field.
The discussions and meetings were characterized by an open-ended, interactive dialogue. All participants praised Bahrain's pioneering efforts in the region and looked forward to more similar events in the future.