25,000 Afghan workers being sent to Saudi Arabia
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) would soon send 25,000 Afghan workers to Saudi Arabia, the minister said on Sunday.
MoLSAMD officials say Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz had agreed to accept the 25,000 Afghan workers during a telephonic conversation with President Ashraf Ghani.
An Afghan delegation would travel to Saudi Arabia during the ongoing week to sign an agreement in this regard, Minister Nasrin Oryakhail told a graduation ceremony for 395 workers at the Afghan Korea Training Institute.
According to MoLSAMD, private travel agencies would pay travel costs for all the workers being dispatched to Saudi Arabia. The costs paid by the travel agencies would be cut from monthly salaries of the workers.
About the 395 newly-graduated workers, Oryakhail said receiving vocational training was needed by every person and was one of her ministry’s primary goals.
Officials at the Afghan-Korea Training Institute said so far 55,000 workers, including 29 percent individuals with disabilities, and women had graduated from the institute since its launch in 2005.
The institute enrolls 400 workers annually following an open exam.
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