Saudi Arabia's Labour Ministry has started taking steps aimed at scrapping the individual sponsorship (kafala) system, Debuty Labour Minister for Worker Afffairs Ahmad Al-Humaidan has been quoted as saying.
The ministry has replaced severa
Qatar may soon become the second country in the Arabian Gulf after Bahrain to scrap the sponsorship system, according to a media report.
'The option to scrap the sponsorship system in Qatar has been a subject of study for a long time,
Bahrain will make regional history on August 1 by scrapping the sponsorship system, said Labour Minister Dr Majeed Al Alawi.
The Minister revealed the date after attending a multi-party meeting convened by Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and I
Diplomats and human rights activists have welcomed Bahrain government's move to axe the sponsorship system for foreign workers.
They say it would help wipe out the illegal free visa trade and revolutionise the labour market.
The axing of the sponsorship system for foreign workers will result in huge losses and employees sharing confidential corporate information with competitors, claim Bahrain's contractors.
Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry Contrac
Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has denied approving plans to scrap the sponsorship system for foreign workers.
'Businessmen are still reticent over the decision itself and the mechanisms for its implementation,' it