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Deputy PM calls on stakeholders to protect rights, benefits of Ethiopians traveling abroad for employment

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Addis Ababa, October 10, 2018 (FBC) –Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen has urged all stakeholders to fulfill their responsibilities in protecting rights and benefits of Ethiopians traveling abroad for employment.

Speaking at an event organized today marking the officially commencement of overseas employment services, he said, the government resumed employment to the Middle East after rectifying the previous gaps in protecting rights of Ethiopia workers.

The Deputy Premier also called on those who prioritize working abroad to follow the legal channel.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA), Dr Hirut Woldemariam, for her part said all the necessary preparations have been finalized to start the employment services.

Ethiopia banned its citizens from travelling to Middle East five years ago.

According to her, Ethiopian workers can travel to Qatar, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia now.
She said 69 health institutions and a total of 114 overseas employment agencies were chosen to commence the employment services.

Negotiations have been underway to start employment services to Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Kuwait