Yemen and Libya have agreed to form a joint committee to develop procedures for the exchange of labour between the two countries, reports Al Shorfa.
The agreement came during a meeting between Yemeni Minister of Expatriate Affairs Mujahid al-Qahali and Ramadan Bazama, chargé d’affaires at the Libyan embassy in Sanaa.
A Yemeni attaché for expatriates is to be appointed in Libya, and a Libyan labour attaché in Yemen.
The Yemeni Ministry of Expatriate Affairs is currently preparing a list to organise the dispatch of Yemeni workers who wish to work outside the country.
Libya is seeing an increase in construction, and Yemeni workers are looking for employment opportunities, said Abdul Qader Ayedh, assistant undersecretary at Yemen’s Ministry of Expatriate Affairs, so the move would “strengthen the bonds of co-operation and partnership between the two countries, since economic relations create broader areas for partnership that extend to the social, cultural and other arenas“.
He added that his ministry will prepare a strategy for supplying Yemeni labour to Libya and will submit it to the cabinet for approval.
Ali Abdul Qawi al-Ghaffari, former Yemeni ambassador to Libya, said Libya could use Yemeni labour in reconstruction efforts following the revolution, and said Libya also needs teachers in its many universities, as well as oil and aviation personnel.
It is important to appoint a new Yemeni ambassador to Libya as soon as possible, he added.
(Picture: Yemeni capital Sana, by Ferdinand Reus)