On its 45th anniversary of joining the Arab Labor Organization (ALO), Kuwait is "showing the same enthusiasm and care as an active member as it did upon joining in September 1968," shortly after the launch of the Arab League affiliate, said the ALO chief Wednesday.
ALO Director General of the Arab Labor Organization Ahmed Luqman noted the member state's unique representation and participation in ALO constitutional and systemic bodies through chairing the board of directors and its efforts to bolster the ALO's role on all issues falling within its competence.
Luqman pointed out ALO is the first Arab organization specialized in the affairs of and care for workers and laborers on regional level and is unique for its three-party representation system which means that governments, employers, and workers are all included in debates and involved in ALO functions and decision-making.
Kuwait, he added, was always the most represented state, whether at the annual conference or meetings of sub-committees.
The annual conference, he stressed, is where all groups and sectors and circles meet and the representatives of these groups include ministers of labor, ministers of social affairs, heads of labor unions and professional associations, and heads of chambers of commerce and industry. Kuwait, he said, was always prominently represented and highly interactive and always keeping up with results and recommendations of meetings and workshops and keen on sharing experiences and expertise to best address the issues at hand.
The focus and topics for discussion change from year to year, he said, in tune with international political, social, and economic developments and state of affairs. The overall direction, however, stays within the ALO general objectives.
The official further praised Kuwaiti contributions and recalled that the Arab Economic, Social, and Development Summit the Gulf state hosted back in 2009 was the most important summit in recent history and a true water-shed moment for the region. The Kuwait summit, he elaborated, discussed and focused on the most pressing issue at present in the Arab region, and that was unemployment, which affects every Arab housel hold.
"The summit also fittingly stressed solutions for this problem include development and fine-tuning of scientific, technical, and vocational training and related programs.
"Focus on such issue and addressing it in that manner reflects awareness and care on the part of the Kuwaiti leadership regarding the Arab region's most pressing concern." The ALO chief further pointed out that this direction and focus was adopted by the subsequent Arab economic summits with the stress on reducing unemployment rates, development projects, new job markets for younger generations in particular, as well as stress on care for youth's theoretical knowledge as well as their technological competence.
Luqman also praised Kuwait's "strong and unique standing in terms of union and syndicate action which he considered a natural by-product of the country's long history of distinguished democratic practice." Kuwait is a pioneering state in terms of founding unions and professional syndicates, and the ALO board has much to gain at present from membership of the head of National Union of Kuwait Workers Fayez Al-Mutairi who now serves as head of the unions and freedoms committee, Luqman remarked.
During a conference held in Baghdad for Arab ministers of labor, the decision was taken and approval secured for the establishment of the Arab Labor Organization, in the presence of representatives of Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen.
ALO objectives include, "Coordination of efforts in the field of employment in Arab and international conferences; Development and maintenance of the rights and freedoms of association; the unification of labor legislation and working conditions in the Arab countries as possible, including the preparation of a manual classification of professionals; to undertake studies and research in the area of manpower planning and employment of women, juveniles, and problems related to industry, trade and services, agriculture, industrial, and security industries and micro-culture and classification of labor, cooperatives and professional productivity.
They also include providing "technical assistance in the field of employment, and a plan for the social security system, vocational training, and the preparation of the dictionary of the Arab action; Development of Arab human resources through programs and activities of manpower planning and the fight against unemployment, and to create employment opportunities for women, and to facilitate the movement of Arab labor and attention to the situation of Arab workers, migrants."