NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is set to sign a bilateral labor agreement
with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before end of June, a Kenyan
official said Wednesday.
Chairperson of the National Employment Authority (NEA), said the
agreement will help ensure the safety of Kenyans working in the
“The bilateral labor
agreement with UAE is part of the government’s commitment to
ensure that Kenyan nationals work under certain minimum
conditions in order to enhance their safety,” Pertet said.
“The goal is to
improve the working conditions and terms of Kenyans who will
work in the Gulf state,” he added. Kenya has already signed
similar agreements with Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
estimates show that approximately 40,000 Kenyans live and work
in the UAE.
Pertet said that
under the agreement, the government will post labor officials in
key cities of the UAE in order to monitor their living and
She said that
Kenyans are attracted to more lucrative jobs in the Middle East.
The NEA added that the government is trying to address cases of
Kenyans who face distress while working abroad.
“We are witnessing
rising incidents where recruitment agents lure Kenyans with
false promises of overseas jobs,” Pertet added.
The NEA chairperson
said that all labor contracts for those who will work abroad
will be attested by labor authorities to ensure that Kenyans do
not face exploitation abroad.