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Kuwait may soon abolish sponsorship system

Kuwait may soon abolish sponsorship system

Expatriates running their own businesses in the country will not need a sponsor anymore.

October 7, 2009 9:30 by

Expatriates who run their own businesses in Kuwait, such as carpenters, blacksmiths, tanker drivers, barbers, butchers and mechanics, will be granted self-sponsorships, and will no longer need to be affiliated to a Kuwaiti sponsor or ‘kafil’.

The new step is part of the measures to be implemented by government aimed at finding proper alternatives to the sponsorship system, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Mohammad Al-Kandari said at a press conference after a meeting with representatives of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Kuwait has been subjected to pressure by some international human rights organizations over the existing sponsorship system. A new labor law that provides expats with more benefits is expected to be passed by the National Assembly during the upcoming legislative term. Senior officials had earlier indicated that the government is seriously mulling the idea of establishing a state commission for expats to replace the sponsorship system, which has been already abolished in neighboring Bahrain.

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  1. Mohammad Yousaf on October 8, 2009 7:02 am

    waiting for the UAE for such move to boost the Small and Medium enterprises.. not only the categories listed above should be exempted, but every business which an expatriate want to start should not have sponsor system.

    This will encourage the expatriate to invest in UAE instead of their own countries thus lifting up the consumer standards and healthy competition in addition to drainage of large sum of money from UAE.

  2. Abu Abdullah Alamreeki on October 15, 2009 9:38 am

    Interesting development.

    When will Saudi Arabia follow suit? After all that country seems to have the largest number of suffering expatriates mostly from poor countries who more often than not believed their Saudi Muslim brothers would treat them like brothers Any Saudi reading this should and believes he/she is a Muslim or scholar should fear Allah and work for immediate change towards relieving their fellow Muslims of years of suffering. They should remember death and what comes after


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