22 February 2018

Ethiopia: Database to Be Established to Ensure Safety of Overseas Employees

An information database center designed to monitor and ensure the security and safety of persons who are legally traveling abroad for foreign employment is to be launched.

ILO the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in partnership established the center following the lifting of official ban on travel for foreign employment to Middle East.

Kidist Getahune, project coordinator at ILO told ENA that the database will help to keep information about the employees and their family; the destination country and contract duration as well as overseas employment agencies.

The database is meant to monitor the safety and security of employees and provide basic information that would be useful to track on the condition of the employees.

The center would also help to resolve problems that the employees could encounter during their stay in collaboration with consulting agencies stationed in destination countries.

The data entry will be operational as soon as the legal process for foreign employment is put into effect.

The program will enforce a tracking system to monitor the legal process for prospective employees traveling abroad after being registered by the government and foreign employment agencies.

Basazin Deribe, PR Director at the Ministry said that lack of information on the status and wellbeing of citizens who are on overseas employment was the major problem in the past.

He said the database will help to keep sufficient information that would help to monitor their status.

The database will be instrumental in tracking the status of the citizens who leave the country for employment in a more transparent accurate manner, he added.

The director noted that the Ministry is organizing a training package for prospective workers who would travel abroad to engage in foreign employment.

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