Bahrain and the UAE have reviewed ways to step up co-ordination in the fields of manpower and human resources.Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan, who is also Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) board of directors chairman, met UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Mannan Al Awar in Abu Dhabi.

He was accompanied by LMRA chief executive Noof Jamsheer and a number of Labour Ministry officials.Mr Humaidan affirmed the depth of the Bahraini-UAE relations, which are progressing steadily, under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad and UAE President Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.He stressed the importance of exchanging information and strengthening co-operation in labour fields, developing and qualifying human resources for the benefit of citizens in the two countries.He referred to the initiatives implemented by the kingdom to accelerate the pace of employment and rehabilitation of citizens and their integration into the private sector through incentives and procedures that enhance the priority of Bahrainis in employment.

The Labour Minister also highlighted mechanisms for implementing unemployment insurance, and called for more co-ordination of stances between the two countries at various regional, Arab and international events and conferences.Mr Al Awar praised Bahrain’s pioneering experience in regulating and developing the labour market.He commended the programmes implemented by the kingdom in the areas of employment and human resource support through motivation and qualification to ensure Bahrainis’ preference for employment, as well as enhancing job stability.He highlighted the efforts of the Labour Ministry to care for the rights of the workforce and provide social protection for job seekers and workers by strengthening the unemployment insurance system.

The UAE Minister also stressed the importance of exchanging experiences among the GCC countries in the field of the labour market, in particular the development of professional standards currently applied in the two countries, and working to advance the process of labour market integration in the GCC countries.

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