Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said Saudi Arabia is expected to provide about 200,000 vacancies for Thai workers as the two countries take another step closer after restoring bilateral ties.
Mr Don is leading a delegation of state officials and business operators on a formal visit to Saudi Arabia that ends today.
It is the first time in 32 years that Thai dignitaries have set foot in the country for formal talks.
The visit is part of efforts to rebuild investment opportunities and forge joint ventures after the restoration of full diplomatic ties between the two countries was announced in the wake of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Riyadh.
Gen Prayut met with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz there on Jan 25.
Speaking after meeting Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Mr Don said the two countries had finalised the draft of action plans promoting bilateral ties.
They also finalised the draft of a memorandum of understanding to set up a Thai-Saudi cooperation council jointly chaired by their respective foreign ministers.
They also agreed in principle to waive visas for holders of diplomatic and official passports, Mr Don said, adding Saudi Arabia will consider helping 800 Thais who have overstayed their visas in the Arab country.
Mr Don said Thai labour is needed there as the kingdom is investing heavily in several construction projects. He said there are at least 500,000 vacancies for construction workers and workers in the service industry.
“About 200,000 of those vacancies are expected to be set aside for Thai workers, although it depends on whether Thailand can supply enough labour to respond to the needs of Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He added that Prince Faisal said he would visit Thailand next month to discuss arrangements for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s visit. A source said he is expected in the latter half of this year.
Mr Don said a Thai ambassador to Saudi Arabia is likely to be appointed in the third quarter.
Previously, the labour ministers of both countries signed an MoU on exporting Thai labour that included provisions for safe working conditions in the Gulf state.
Thai Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin met with Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) Minister Ahmad Sulaiman Al Rajhi on March 28 to attend the signing ceremony in the capital.
Thailand is also seeking assistance that the rights of both employers and employees will be respected, while enforcing regulations to ensure fair payments, welfare and privileges as well as cooperation on human trafficking issues.
Thai workers will initially be sent there via state-to-state cooperation to minimise broker costs. The Ministry of Labour will assist in training individuals interested in working in the country, while the HRSD will be responsible for regulating workers’ qualifications, pay, privileges and other requirements that will be needed.
Saudi Arabia said it will roll out measures to help maintain the quality of life and welfare of foreign migrant workers, including an electronic-contract programme for rights protection and a labour mobility initiative to assist workers in the hospitality, health and industrial sectors.
There are 1,334 Thai employees in the country, mostly working in factories and restaurants or as domestic workers.
- Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government
- FBI releases 9/11 investigation document that scrutinized Saudis
- Saudis and Extremism: ‘Both the Arsonists and the Firefighters’
- After a trip to the U.S. by the prince of Saudi Arabia, Trump's New York hotel saw a considerable uptick in revenue
- Saudi Arabia executes Filipino overseas worker after murder trial
- On the anniversary of Jobs' resignation we examine Cook's first year
- Donald Trump says countries should handle their own defense while also pushing to sell arms to Saudi Arabia
- Trump Told the Russians That 'Nut Job' Comey's Firing Relieved 'Great Pressure'
- Murdaugh shootings yield misconduct claim, conflicting accounts and more questions
- Biggest contracts rejected, including £200k Mata deal to Mourinho on £88m and Ronaldo and Messi lured by £1.7m a week
- With the focus on a taper, five questions for the Fed
- Transcript of interview with Norway Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store
- Biden Moves to Declassify Documents About September 11 Attacks
- Middle Eastern foes are giving diplomacy a shot
- VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES SEPTEMBER 24
- A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments
- VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS SEPTEMBER 21
- World, US share markets come under pressure as Delta, economic worries mount
Saudi ties may yield 200k jobs have 719 words, post on www.bangkokpost.com at May 18, 2022. This is cached page on Auto News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.