Posted on September 04, 2015

Qatar has joined hands with international organisations to protect rights of Nepali migrant workers, said The Peninsula. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)’s Workers’ Welfare Unit recently participated in Tech Camp conference that will find ways to protect Nepali workers. The participants of the conference will develop technology-based solutions that will help workers better protect themselves at home and where they work. 

Hosted and organised by US NGO Humanity United in Kathmandu, Tech Camp is a conference on improving the migration experience through technology. Nepali migrant workers constitute a strong work force in Qatar having their population around 400,000. H E Ahmed Jassim Al Hamar, Qatar’s Ambassador to Nepal, attended the event to support the SC delegation which included Khalid Al Kubaisi, Chief of the Advisory Unit and Special Projects at the SC, Stephan Van Dyk, Audit and Training Manager, and Megan Jenkins, Governance and Enforcement Manager.

“It’s the first time we officially come to such event and in the future we look forward to participating in more of these events where we will keep showcasing our Workers’ Welfare Standards. The experts attending also saw our presence as very beneficial and they really appreciate our work,” said Al Kubaisi. Participants in the three-day event included the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Facebook/Internet.org, businesses and entrepreneurs, technology developers, civil society groups, and government representatives from Nepal and the United States (US).

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Orgnasiers said that participants will develop technology-based solutions to combat trafficking in persons by giving migrants access to information on fees, the basics of employment contracts, and relevant laws. The US Embassy’s Charge D’Affaires, Charles Carwile, praised H E Ambassador Al Hamar and Qatar for taking part in the initiative. “Migrant workers constitute a driving force in Nepal’s economy. The US government supports efforts to reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation that these workers face overseas,” said John L Carwile, chargé d’affaires at TechCamp Nepal’s during the conference.

TechCamps are technology-focused, capacity-building workshops on specific issues hosted around the world by US State Department since 2011. In preparation for TechCamp Nepal, Humanity United, partner organisation of the programme, hosted a four-day migration learning tour across the country for a group of technology developers, designers, and Nepali entrepreneurs to understand challenges faced by Nepali migrant workers. 

Qatar is actively working towards improving the condition of migrant workers in the country and has announced several initiatives to protect workers interests. On Wednesday, Qatar announced to introduce Wage Protection System from November 3 to ensure that workers’ salary reaches to their account on time.

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