Dubai: Mobility of foreign workers from one employer to another in the UAE as well as movement between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries might become a reality soon, officials said on Wednesday.

Also, a proposal to set up a virtual market place that will include a database of names, nationalities and skills of workers to facilitate companies to procure local talent was one some of the key points dicusseed at the Abu Dhabi Dialogue forum being held in Dubai from Wednesday.

The two-day multilateral forum of Asian labour-sending and receiving countries is being held here from May 11 to 12.

The forum is discussing internal mobility as a way of providing better bargaining rights to workers while protecting their human rights and also to benefit economies of the GCC countries. On Wednesday, officials of several Asian countries met here to discuss international best labour practices for the UAE and other GCC countries.

The UAE has an aggregate work force of 4.2 million and a majority of them are from Asian countries. From 2011 to 2016, the UAE government has passed several ministerial decrees to relax the restrictions on mobility of foreign workers and many GCC countries are now following suit

Dr Omar Abdul Rahman Salem Al Nuaimi, undersecretary assistant for policies and strategies at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, told Gulf News: “This is an open dialogue between governments of labour-exporting countries from Asia and the GCC countries. We are addressing all worker-related issues. The key reason to begin this initiative in 2008 was the protection of the rights of the work force, especially the lower end of workers from the unskilled and semi-skilled category. At the forum we want to address the modern challenges of exporting labour from many Asian countries to the GCC countries and want to formulate policies to uphold the human rights of workers and have transparency in recruitment policies.”.. see more

source: gulfnews