Abu Dhabi: Twenty-one Asian countries including India on 22 January decided to launch a new collaborative approach to ensure welfare of overseas workers.
Representatives from the countries at a meeting here adopted an Abu Dhabi Declaration proposing an action plan for the welfare of Asian workers that included measures to prevent illegal recruitment practices.
The declaration was issued at the conclusion of the two-day Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia.
Earlier, speaking at the meeting, Vayalar Ravi, minister for Overseas Indian Affairs favoured introduction of a system linking wage structure to the cost of living for overseas workers and putting in place a joint consultative mechanism to redress their grievances.
The ministers from UAE, India, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen identified key areas of cooperation to ensure welfare of overseas workers.
They decided to work closely in enhancing knowledge in the areas of labour, market trends and remittances policies.
The ministers also decided to enhance cooperation preventing illegal recruitment practices.