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‘Labor e-system helps slash expat numbers’
April 8, 2015, 8:49 am

The automation of services in the labor sector has greatly contributed to efforts to reduce the number of expatriate workers by 100,000, reports a local daily quoting Director of the Public Authority for Manpower Jamal Al-Dousari.Al-Dousari confirmed the system remarkably reduced the number of companies that failed to update their information from 80,000 to 1,000 which were referred to the concerned authorities. He said the data of 493,355 companies have been updated through the system of the Interior Ministry; in addition to the issuance of 790,000 work permits.

He disclosed the number of work permits issued through the automated system exceeded five million; as well as 594 entry visas, renewal of 1,014 permits for national workers, and renewal of 822,647 work permits for companies through the ministry’s website. Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning Sector and Administrative Development at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Munirah Al-Fadhil has announced that the ministry prepared 24 development projects for fiscal 2015/2016, reports a local daily.

Al-Fadhil disclosed these projects include construction and technological development works. He said 17 development projects are part of the ministry’s plan for fiscal 2016/2017, in addition to a private social observatory project to be implemented by the Research and Statistics Department. He added all transactions in the ministry will be carried out electronically by the summer of 2016.

She affirmed the ministry is keen on executing projects included in its plan despite the intention of the government to limit expenses due to the oil price decline and reduction of the State budget. She said the ministry requested for a budget of KD2.4 million for the implementation of projects. She added the bureaucracy in granting tenders and delayed approval of the annual budget for the implementation of the plan are some of the major obstacles that the sector faced last year.

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