The recently introduced labour reforms in Qatar, and the continued efforts in this direction will further enhance country’s position as one of the most attractive destinations in the region, noted a top official of American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar (AmCham Qatar), yesterday.
Robert Hager, (pictured) Chairman of the Doha-based US industry representative body, also expressed his optimism about growing economic relations between Qatar and the US on the back of major breakthroughs in COVID-19 vaccines by several companies.
“We are hopeful, as COVID-19 vaccines come on line and populations become protected, that there will continue to be a global rebound. This global recovery will likely prompt a significant increase in investment by the third and fourth quarters of 2021. The efforts on labour reforms will continue to increase the attractiveness of Qatari market,” Hager told The Peninsula, yesterday.
The forthcoming online event, which will start at 9am (Doha time), will discuss the various aspects of Qatar’s ongoing labour reforms like what has been achieved so far and what is in the pipeline to be implemented in the coming days, according to a statement issued by AmCham Qatar.
“During this interactive virtual conversation, speakers will present the recent and upcoming labour reforms and discuss the benefits of those reforms for the private sector. The Q & A (question and answer) will allow MADLSA and ILO to respond to questions that companies might have on those reforms and to provide good practices on how to adapt,” said the statement.
Some of the confirmed panel of speakers include Mohammed Al Obaidly, Undersecretary of Labour, Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs; Houtan Homayounpour, Director of International Labour Organization (ILO) Project Office for the State of Qatar and others.
Qatar in late August this year, announced the implementation of some bold labour reforms, which include the introduction of minimum wage and removal of No-Objection Certificate requirement to change jobs for employees.
Private industry leaders and business executives have welcomed the initiative with open arms as they believe that more liberal economic and labour lawas will make Qatar more economically competitive regionally and internationally which will help accelerate the process of economic diversification.
Industry experts say that these labour reforms will enhance global competitiveness of companies in Qatar and will ensure their conformity with international labour regulations and best practices.
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