Saturday, February 17, 2018

UAE to Create Job portal for hiring Indian workers

The UAE is creating an exclusive online portal for the recruitment of Indian workers under a memorandum of understanding [MoU] signed between the two countries during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit early this week, a senior official told.

Dr Omar Al NuaimiIndian workers seeking jobs in the UAE will be able to submit their job applications and review terms and conditions of the job contract on this portal from India, said Dr Omar Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and assistant for International Relations and Communications.

This UAE system will be linked with India’s similar online system, eMigrate (an online system controlling emigration of blue-collar workers, qualified nurses and sailors), the official said.

Dr Al Nuaimi said: “The MoU with India has ushered in a new chapter of cooperation. This will ensure a balanced and effective management of the (workers’) contractual work cycle in accordance with the laws and regulations, which are enforced in both countries, serving the common interest.”

He pointed out that a joint committee will be formed to ensure the proper implementation of the MoU.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will provide the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with details of the available jobs in the UAE and their contractual terms and conditions.

After the joint-technical committee completes the required technical measures for linking both systems, a specific procedure will be created. A model job offer and job contract will guide the workers to review the descriptions of jobs available on the system, the official said.

Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, told Gulf News that the integration of both nations’ systems is expected to be done in the next three to four months.

“The MoU provides a much better framework for ensuring that Indian workers are recruited in accordance with principles of transparency, ethics and fairness. It endeavours to standardise contracts in a format that is in consonance with UAE laws so that workers can get due protection in the event of a dispute,” he said.

A senior official at the Indian embassy told that the MoU will pave the way for abolishing contract substitution, a major problem faced by Indian workers. Unscrupulous agents in India give workers contracts with exaggerated salary and perks, but when they reach the UAE, a substituted contract takes the place of the earlier contract. As the substituted contract is legally valid, workers cannot redress their grievances.

When the systems of both countries are integrated, workers will get a uniform job contract, without leaving any room for contract substitution.

In 2015, India introduced eMigrate, an electronic system that controls emigration of ECR (Emigration Clearance Required) category passport holders. India issues ECR category passports to those who have not passed Grade 10 and hence they need emigration clearance before going to work in 18 ECR countries that include the Gulf nations.

Recently, India brought sailors’ recruitment also under the purview of eMigrate, following complaints about sailors being mistreated and abandoned abroad.

eMigrate was made applicable to qualified Indian nurses also when India banned their recruitment by private agents for overseas jobs since April 30, 2015.

A Government of India order on August 2, 2016, further extended the ban to all female workers including domestic workers and authorised seven official agencies for the recruitment of all female workers including nurses. None of the 1,200 registered private recruitment agents in India is authorised to recruit nurses and female workers under ECR category.

The embassy official said a protocol on domestic workers was also signed between both nations as an annexure to the MoU. This was needed as rules and regulations of domestic workers are slightly different from other workers, he said.

How does it work

  •     The UAE will create an exclusive portal
  •     The UAE portal will be linked with India’s eMigrate
  •     Once both systems are integrated, Indian workers seeking jobs in the UAE can submit their job applications and review the terms and conditions of the job contract on the portal from India
  •     The integration of both systems will abolish contract substitution The integration is expected to be done within a few months

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UAE and India sign agreement for direct trade in Dirham and Rupee

The UAE and India have reached a historic agreement which will enable businesses on both sides to bypass the US Dollar or any other foreign currency and trade directly in UAE Dirhams and the Indian Rupee.

The agreement will mean large savings for business communities on both sides as trade between the UAE and India soars to new highs.

India’s Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Suri, said that this is in addition to the agreements and memoranda of understanding which were signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just-concluded two-day visit to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

"There were two other agreements that have been finalised. One is a currency swap agreement where India and UAE – it is an agreement between the two Central Banks – and the agreement has been completed and it is going to be exchanged through letters. Under this, businesses from the two sides will be able to trade directly in Rupees and in Dirhams and not have to go through US Dollars which means that there is a saving for the business community. It makes trade between the two countries more competitive," Suri said while reviewing Modi’s visits to the UAE, Jordan and Palestine along with India’s new Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale, for Indian reporters.

Although the Dirham has a fixed peg to the US Dollar, the currency swap agreement between the UAE and India could favourably impact trade between the two countries as the Trump Administration in the US cements further an expansionary fiscal policy and the US Federal Reserve considers rate hikes.

The impact of US policies on the Indian Rupee would be greater and favourable to trade with the UAE since the Indian currency’s value is not pegged to the US Dollar but is determined by a basket of currencies.

The rationale for the currency swap agreement is evident from UAE-India trade figures. From a mere $182 million in 1982, the current level of bilateral trade amounted to about USD 53 billion, according to a joint statement released at the end Modi’s visit.

Another agreement which has been finalised and will be signed this week is "between the Financial Intelligence Units which commits both countries to work more closely together in money laundering, in preventing money laundering that takes place," Suri said.

About this agreement, the joint statement said: "the two sides welcomed the finalisation of an MOU on cooperation in the exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering, associated predicate offences and terrorist financing."

Monday, February 12, 2018

Guidelines for Pakistanis to get good character certificate for UAE work visa

The UAE government recently made good character certificates mandatory for getting a work visa in the country.

As per a decision of the Council of Ministers No. (1/8) of 2017, which has been adopted recently by the Dubai Police Coordination Committee, the applicant should provide the certificate from the home country or from the country of residence where the person has been residing during the last five years. This should be certified by the UAE missions abroad or attestation centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of International Cooperation.

On Sunday, the Embassy of Pakistan in UAE issued steps on how Pakistanis can get the good character certificate.

Step 1: Obtain police clearance certificate from local/designated police station/office

Step 2: Attest police clearance certificate from ministry of foreign affairs of Pakistan or from its camp offices in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar or Quetta.

Step 3: If the individual is in Pakistan and wants to proceed to the UAE on employment or work visa:

Attest the certificate from embassy/consulate of UAE in Pakistan through its designated service providers, i.e.,

b.) Sasha International

Step 3: If the individual is in UAE on tourist/visit visa and wants to obtain an employment visa

a.) Attest the police clearance certificate from Pakistan embassy in Abu Dhabi, or Pakistan consulate general in Dubai

b.) Get the certificate attested from the UAE ministry of foreign affairs