MCTU warns Malawi govt on Middle East job initiatives

Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) has cautioned government to tread carefully on exporting Malawians to foreign lands, barely days after government announced it will be sending job seekers to the Middle East.

Government said illt wi export labour to Kuwait and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

“Applicants must be Malawians citizens, have a Malawi Certificate of Education, training in the Hospitality Industry and must be able to communicate in English. They should be between 19 and 40 years o age,” reads advert placed in one of the daily papers

Government also recently launched a similar initiative to be sending Malawians seeking opportunities in the agriculture sector to South Korea.

However, MCTU Secretary General, Pontius Elijah Kalichero, cautioned the government to do thorough consultations before Malawians can go to the said Middle East countries.

Kalichero: Caution
Kalichero: Caution

“Just as we said when government was announcing the plan to export our youths to South Korea, enough consultations should be done (for the Middle East export). Everything should be made clear especially the type of work,” Kalichero said.

But government has insisted that the country will greatly benefit from labour export to the Middle East.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, Wezi Kayira yesterday said Malawi will benefit through the programme due to the economic prosperity of the destination nations.

“As you know in Dubai the economy is booming and they need a lot of labour. So, we have decided to export our labour so that in the long run Malawians and the whole country in general can benefit because these people will also be saving their money in US Dollars  and that would be very beneficial; to the country,” Kayira said.

He said thousands of Malawians will leave for Dubai or Kuwait as soon as the recruitment processes are done.

Kayira added that this will also equip the people with skills that would help boost the tourism industry in the country.

According to Kayira, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will soon establish a consulate in one of the Middle East countries involved and a labour attaché will be sent to oversee the welfare of the Malawians.

“Those successful will stay there for as long as the demand for labour exists. As remittance come in Malawi, we’ll benefit. It is not just Malawi which is doing this, there are many other countries which are exporting labour,” said Kayira.

According to the adverts, applicants for the initiative should be Malawian citizens aged between 19-40 years who have a Malawian Certificate of Education, training in the hospitality industry and must be able to communicate in English.

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