Minister of Labour H E Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri (fourth right) and Qatar Chamber Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani (fourth left) with other officials at the QC headquarters.
Doha: Minister of Labour H E Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri yesterday met Chairman of Qatar Chamber (QC) Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani and members of QC’s Board of Directors at the QC headquarters.
The meeting comes in alignment with the policy of Ministry of Labour (MoL) to consult the representatives of employers and inform them of the latest legislative developments, laws and regulations related to the local work environment.
They reviewed aspects of cooperation with the private sector and ways to support and develop them, and discussed the challenges facing this sector, especially issues related to work and workers. The meeting discussed the joint initiative between MoL and QC regarding a motion to voluntarily approve an insurance policy for domestic workers for Qataris, in joint coordination between insurance companies and recruitment offices. The motion, which will be approved, comes after a thorough intensive study of market data to contribute to achieving the interests of all parties, especially the employer.
According to the motion, the insurance policy covers a number of cases, including the worker’s unwillingness to work and the worker’s escape, work injury, or in the event of death, and the value of the travel ticket that will be claimed in the cases covered by the policy, and the insurance policy compensates the employer according to the extent of the damage.
Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri and Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani were briefed on the services provided by the MoL office at the Chamber’s headquarters to business owners and company managers in order to facilitate procedures and expedite the completion of transactions.
MoL highlighted the importance of joint meetings with the private sector to overcome obstacles and challenges in a way that contributes to the improvement of the work environment, stressing that the ministry adopts a consultative approach with the parties to the labour sector to strike a balance in the labour market.
The Minister highlighted the keenness of the Ministry of Labour to continue coordination and cooperation with the Qatar Chamber with regard to labour issues, and to solve any obstacles that the private sector may face related to the services of the Ministry of Labour.
He noted that MoL has worked during the past period to develop e-services within its vision to enhance the digital transformation of all services it provides to the public, leading to paperless services, which facilitates the delivery of services electronically quickly and accurately.
For his part, Sheikh Khalifa expressed his appreciation to the Minister of Labour’s efforts for opening the office of MoL at the Chamber’s headquarters, pointing out that this office will be of great importance in terms of receiving and considering requests from business owners and review them in record time.