The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor is currently studying the possibility of increasing the 24 categories of sectors exempted from the issuance of work permit, depending on the situation, after successful reduction of expatriate workers by 70,000 in 2008, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting Undersecretary Mohammad Al-Kandari.
Al-Kandari made the announcement at a seminar held Thursday at Kuwait Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to mark the 90th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
He said the ministry is determined to ease procedures for serious sectors, in order to block and discourage activities of visa racketeers. He affirmed that the general trading and contracting companies are major culprits in the act, indicating the number of expatriate workers increased by an average of 10 percent annually from 1992 until 2007.
He added this is the reason why the ministry contained the growing population of expatriates in the country. “We have made a tremendous improvement considering the fact that only 92,000 expatriate workers joined the employment market in 2008 compared to 159,000 in 2007,” the senior public servant revealed