Shura Council Holds Weekly Meeting, Discusses Reorganizing Domestic Workers Recruitment Offices

26 December 2022

The Shura Council held Monday its regular weekly meeting under the chairpersonship of HE Speaker of the Shura Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim.

At the outset of the meeting, HE Secretary-General of the Shura Council Dr. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Fadhala read out the agenda of the session.

The minutes of the previous session were ratified. The Shura Council then reviewed the request for general discussion submitted by several of Their Excellencies members of the Shura Council, on the topic of reorganizing and monitoring domestic workers' recruitment offices.

During the session, members of the Shura Council pointed out the developments achieved in legislation and laws for domestic workers, and their comprehensiveness of all aspects that preserve the rights and duties of all parties.

The council drew attention to some of the complaints reported by citizens on some of the recruitment offices' violations of the requirements and laws of the Ministry of Labor, stressing the need to intensify monitoring and observing these offices, to ensure its commitment and adherence to the laws regulating the practice of this activity, in a way that guarantees the rights of all parties that the law provides, and achieves balance in the labor market.

The council highlighted the challenges related to the escape of domestic workers, high costs, lack of training and qualification for employees, and the increase in their number in some families, which exceeds the actual need, in addition to other challenges.

Members of the Shura Council also noted the social, cultural and educational impacts of home users, stressing the importance of taking suitable action to confront these influences, in order to preserve the identity and culture, and ensure the proper education of young people.

After discussing the request, the council decided to refer it to the Services and Public Utilities Committee, for further study before submitting the reports in its regard to the council.

The council also reviewed a draft law promulgating the Judicial Authority Law, as well as a draft law promulgating the Public Prosecution Law, and those referred to the council by the esteemed government and decided to refer the two draft laws to the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee, for further study before submitting the reports in their regard to the council.

Afterward, the council reviewed the report of its delegation's participation in the 145th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the 210th session of the IPU Governing Council, which was held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, during the period of Oct. 10-15.

The report addressed the topics that the council has discussed, including the main topic related to gender equality, and the parliamentary momentum to advance the local and regional development of countries with high levels of international migration, and stop all forms of human trafficking and human rights violations.

The report also highlighted that the closing session of the IPU Governing Council commended the State of Qatar's sponsorship of signing the peace agreement between the parties of Chad, expressing appreciation for Qatar's efforts to bring peace through mediation to settle disputes and resolve differences through dialogue.

Through the report, the IPU Council noted that the State of Qatar's hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has been highly acknowledged by the participants during the meetings of the IPU General Assembly. During a few bilateral meetings with the Shura Council, several parliamentary delegations expressed their admiration for Qatar's preparations and organization of the tournament, the report added.

The report also reviewed various activities of the Shura Council's delegation during the meetings of the Union's General Assembly, as well as the council's participation in the meetings of its various committees.