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Times of Oman - 12.03.2015

Em­bassies should play a ma­jor role in ed­u­cat­ing their cit­i­zens about life and laws

 

MUS­CAT: Em­bassies should be ed­u­cat­ing ex­pa­tri­ates about life and laws in Oman be­fore they ar­rive here to start work­ing, said the Min­istry of Man­power.

MUS­CAT: Em­bassies should be ed­u­cat­ing ex­pa­tri­ates about life and laws in Oman be­fore they ar­rive here to start work­ing, said the Min­istry of Man­power.

An of­fi­cial from the min­istry re­cently met with the Bangladeshi em­bassy and dis­cussed the is­sue, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the min­istry.

An of­fi­cial from the min­istry re­cently met with the Bangladeshi em­bassy and dis­cussed the is­sue, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the min­istry.

In the state­ment, the of­fi­cial said that em­bassies should play a ma­jor role in ed­u­cat­ing their cit­i­zens and that the min­istry is ready to co-op­er­ate with them. sist that work­ers get ori­en­ta­tion train­ing in Dhaka be­fore join­ing the Sul­tanate job mar­ket. All the work­ers join­ing the Sul­tanate have to un­dergo three weeks of train­ing be­fore tak­ing up any job in Oman, he said.

In the state­ment, the of­fi­cial said that em­bassies should play a ma­jor role in ed­u­cat­ing their cit­i­zens and that the min­istry is ready to co-op­er­ate with them. sist that work­ers get ori­en­ta­tion train­ing in Dhaka be­fore join­ing the Sul­tanate job mar­ket. All the work­ers join­ing the Sul­tanate have to un­dergo three weeks of train­ing be­fore tak­ing up any job in Oman, he said.

Un­skilled and semi-skilled Sri Lankan na­tion­als look­ing for jobs do have to un­dergo a five-day train­ing sched­ule in Sri Lanka be­fore tak­ing up a job in Oman.

Un­skilled and semi-skilled Sri Lankan na­tion­als look­ing for jobs do have to un­dergo a five-day train­ing sched­ule in Sri Lanka be­fore tak­ing up a job in Oman.

“For house­maids com­ing for the first time, the train­ing is for 21 days which is or­gan­ised by the For­eign Em­ploy­ment Bureau of the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment,” said an of­fi­cial of their em­bassy in Mus­cat.

Na­heed Naveed, head of chancery, Em­bassy of Pak­istan said, “All rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in Pak­istan are in­formed about such in­for­ma­tion. Re­gard­ing this par­tic­u­lar ques­tion, we have al­ready in­formed the Fed­eral Min­istry of Labour and Man­power and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Na­heed Naveed, head of chancery, Em­bassy of Pak­istan said, “All rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties in Pak­istan are in­formed about such in­for­ma­tion. Re­gard­ing this par­tic­u­lar ques­tion, we have al­ready in­formed the Fed­eral Min­istry of Labour and Man­power and other rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

“The em­bassy does not have any ori­en­ta­tion pro­gramme in place but we are ac­ces­si­ble to all Pak­ista­nis who want to come to Oman. Many Pak­ista­nis seeks such in­for­ma­tion from us on a reg­u­lar ba­sis through emails and we do guide them and pro­vide ev­ery pos­si­ble help.”

To­nia Gray, gen­eral man­ager, Com­pe­tence HR, said it is im­por­tant that ex­pa­tri­ates are made aware of as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble re­gard­ing Oman be­fore they move here.

To­nia Gray, gen­eral man­ager, Com­pe­tence HR, said it is im­por­tant that ex­pa­tri­ates are made aware of as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble re­gard­ing Oman be­fore they move here.

This in­for­ma­tion should give a brief idea on the cul­ture, re­li­gion, and for ex­am­ple, how to get a driv­ing li­cence, and of course, the Omani Labour Law, he said.

“This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant given that some of the rules to­day may make an ex­pa­tri­ate se­ri­ously re­con­sider whether he or she wishes to come to Oman. The re­quire­ment to have a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) be­fore you can move po­si­tions or face a two-year ban from work­ing here, or the ban on fe­male labour clear­ances, is in­for­ma­tion that an ex­pa­tri­ate should be aware of,” she added.

“This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant given that some of the rules to­day may make an ex­pa­tri­ate se­ri­ously re­con­sider whether he or she wishes to come to Oman. The re­quire­ment to have a no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cate (NOC) be­fore you can move po­si­tions or face a two-year ban from work­ing here, or the ban on fe­male labour clear­ances, is in­for­ma­tion that an ex­pa­tri­ate should be aware of,” she added.

“I feel that the re­spon­si­bil­ity for this does not just lie with the em­bassies but in­for­ma­tion should be shared and it re­ally does not mat­ter if is du­pli­cated. Em­bassies cur­rently have lit­tle or no vis­i­bil­ity on who is com­ing to Oman. How­ever, they could add a page to their web­site giv­ing an over­view (which some al­ready do).

“Com­pa­nies who have web­sites can also add in­for­ma­tion giv­ing links to rel­e­vant sites. Ad­di­tion­ally, re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies like Com­pe­tence HR, can take re­spon­si­bil­ity too and we will be adding in­for­ma­tion to our web­site soon. I also think com­pa­nies could have a brief­ing note that could be is­sued with the job de­scrip­tion (if that is done) or at the lat­est with the of­fer let­ter.

“Com­pa­nies who have web­sites can also add in­for­ma­tion giv­ing links to rel­e­vant sites. Ad­di­tion­ally, re­cruit­ment com­pa­nies like Com­pe­tence HR, can take re­spon­si­bil­ity too and we will be adding in­for­ma­tion to our web­site soon. I also think com­pa­nies could have a brief­ing note that could be is­sued with the job de­scrip­tion (if that is done) or at the lat­est with the of­fer let­ter.

“I be­lieve it is bet­ter that the ex­pa­tri­ate gets too much in­for­ma­tion than noth­ing at all, and knows as much as pos­si­ble be­fore en­ter­ing into such a com­mit­ment,” she added.

Taw­fiq Al Lawati, a Ma­jlis Al Shura mem­ber, said a ma­jor­ity of ex­pa­tri­ates work­ing in the Sul­tanate do not have se­ri­ous is­sues on this count. “It is very dif­fi­cult to ed­u­cate ex­pa­tri­ates in their coun­tries as the Sul­tanate does not have em­bassies and some­times there are not enough staff to deal with the huge num­ber of ex­pa­tri­ates wish­ing to come to Oman,” said Al Lawati.

Taw­fiq Al Lawati, a Ma­jlis Al Shura mem­ber, said a ma­jor­ity of ex­pa­tri­ates work­ing in the Sul­tanate do not have se­ri­ous is­sues on this count. “It is very dif­fi­cult to ed­u­cate ex­pa­tri­ates in their coun­tries as the Sul­tanate does not have em­bassies and some­times there are not enough staff to deal with the huge num­ber of ex­pa­tri­ates wish­ing to come to Oman,” said Al Lawati.

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