|Deputy Minister of Labour Nguyen Thanh Hoa and his Saudi Arabian counterpart Alfahaid Ahmed Fahadi.— VNS/Photo molisa
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia have agreed in principle to strengthen their co-operation in labour exchange.
Under the terms of the draft agreement, Viet Nam will encourage workers to move to Saudi Arabia to become housekeepers.
The commitment was made at a meeting on Monday in Ha Noi between Deputy Minister of Labour Nguyen Thanh Hoa and his Saudi Arabian counterpart Alfahaid Ahmed Fahadi.
Currently, there are nearly 16,000 Vietnamese people working in Saudi Arabia in construction, oil processing, mechanics and agricultural production, among others.
According to Fahadi, the purpose of his visit was to discuss the housekeeping agreement that would soon be signed between two countries.
Saudi Arabia has always implemented an open policy toward foreign workers, Fahadi stressed, adding that his country has developed a strong legal framework and infrastructure for foreign workers.
Hoa said Viet Nam had signed similar agreements with Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea, but housekeeping was a sensitive area of labour co-operation that required careful discussion.
He outlined his hope that Saudi Arabia would work with Viet Nam to hold a labour co-operation forum to make sure businesses from both countries would continue working together. — VNS