Iran to send skilled laborers to Kuwait
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 15
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran and Kuwait signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), based on which Iran will send laborers to the Gulf state, the Islamic Republic's Mehr news agency reported Jan. 15.
Iran's Minister of Cooperative, Labor and Welfare Ali Rabiee and Kuwait's visiting director general of the public authority for workforce, Jamal Mohammad Al-Dosari signed the MoU in Tehran.
Rabiee said that Iran will send skilled and trained laborers as well as technicians to Kuwait, adding any effort for dispatching workforce and improving the life standard of the laborers would lead to the development of the both countries.
Earlier Iran announced nine countries as its destinations to send workforce including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, Oman, Qatar, Georgia, South Korea, and the US.
Over the past 10 years sending Iranian laborers overseas was problematic mainly due to the sanctions on the country as well as inability of Iranian laborers to speak foreign languages, Rabiee said, adding new job markets have been identified in South Asian countries as well as Gulf states.
In September 2014, Rabiee said that currently 6 million people are unemployed in Iran.
The figure will reach 10 million in the next seven years, according to Rabiee.
"Currently there are 2 million job opportunities in the country that no one is willing to take," he said, explaining that the college graduates' unwillingness to do certain jobs has given the opportunity to foreign immigrants to take the jobs.
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