Posted on June 17, 2014
Organized by Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), the international conference 'Doha Dialogue on Migration 2014' began Monday at Doha Marriott Hotel.
 
HE Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Dr Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Khulaifi addressed the opening ceremony, in the presence of QRC President Dr. Mohamed bin Ghanem Al-Ali Al-Maadheed; IFRC Vice-President Dr. Zhao Baige, and top officials and private institutions and corporations; and experts and specialists in migration, law, and labor worldwide. Dr Al-Khulaifi gave an overview of the efforts made by the State of Qatar and the legislation and actions adopted to improve labor conditions and benefits of foreign workers in Qatar.
 
"The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs exerts relentless efforts under its mandate as a protector of workers' rights, in compliance with the enforced laws and decrees that enable the ministry to do its work perfectly. We at the ministry believe that protecting the rights of workers, whether nationals or expatriates, is a fundamental guarantee to accomplish the vision of HH the Emir of Qatar to attain the desired sustainable development for Qatari society," the minister added.

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Regarding labor accommodation, His Excellency said that the Labour Ministry through its membership in a committee, which its members are Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Qatar Foundation, Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery, Ashghal, Qatar Rail, has contributed to reviewing the standards of labor accommodation as well as the recommendations to be implemented in the future labor cities. The Ministry of Labor is also coordinating with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to put in place the criteria needed in new residential units, he added. He pointed out that the Ministry has been banning "work in the open" during summer from 11:30am to 3:00pm to help protect the laborers from exposure to the summer heat.
 
The Ministry has also increased the number of inspectors from 150 to 200 in the past period, and continued to appoint new inspectors through interviews being conducted in the inspection department, HE the Minister said. Dr Al-Khulaifi added that the Ministry has been working to develop labor inspection and occupational health and safety through continuous training of inspectors in Qatar or through coordination with the International Labor Organization. 

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