Riyadh, 1 November 2021 (TDI): The Saudi Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Carmela Godot.
The Representative was accompanied by a delegation from the United Nations, and they visited Riyadh today morning. In the meeting, they reviewed ways of partnership between the IOM and related authorities in the Kingdom.
Recently, the IOM welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Labour Reform which aims at granting foreign workers more freedom in job mobility and lessening restrictions on exit and re-entry into the Kingdom. The organization stated that the reforms are a positive signal of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to improving its labor rights regime.
Other steps include the implementation of the Wages Protection System, ensuring equal pay for equal work among men and women. Likewise, a portal for the digital documentation and authentication of work contracts to ensure transparency. In the same way, the launch of the “Wedy” Program for settling labor disputes.
All reforms are made under the guidelines of international law. These include fair and ethical recruitment and safeguards that ensure decent work. Furthermore, it contributes to Objectives 5 and 6 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.