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Kuwait and the Philippines have agreed to resume the recruitment of Filipino workers for employment in Kuwait, Wego reports. This decision follows a bilateral meeting on 23 June 2024, at Seif Palace, led by Sheikh Fahad Youssef Saud Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s First Deputy Prime Minister, and Bernard Olalia, Deputy Minister of Migrant Workers for the Philippines.


The meeting culminated in the lifting of Kuwait’s previous ban on Filipino workers, thereby authorizing the issuance of all entry and work visas for Filipino nationals. This pivotal decision is poised to streamline and expedite the recruitment process for Filipinos seeking employment opportunities in Kuwait, marking a significant step towards resuming normalcy in labor relations between the two nations.

Moreover, the agreement also includes provisions allowing for the recruitment of skilled Filipino domestic workers who possess prior experience working abroad. This provision directly addresses Kuwait’s ongoing demand for proficient household assistance, ensuring that Kuwaiti households can access trained and experienced Filipino workers to meet their specific needs.

To ensure smooth implementation and address any issues, both countries will establish a Joint Technical Working Committee. This committee will meet periodically to discuss labor-related matters, reaffirming their commitment to the 2018 employment agreement.

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