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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 kippreport
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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