Mohamed Saafan, Minister of Manpower, stressed that Egyptian labor is always needed in more than one country, especially Libya, which needs this labor for reconstruction, noting that mechanisms have been put in place to attract Egyptian labor to work in Libya and implement the electronic link between the Egyptian and Libyan Ministries of Labor .
The Minister of Manpower had previously held a meeting with Ali Al-Abed Al-Rida, the Libyan Minister of Labor and Rehabilitation, in which they discussed joint cooperation, within the framework of the decision of the Libyan Presidential Council regarding cooperation between the two sides, to develop mechanisms to attract Egyptian workers to work in the reconstruction of the Libyan state and to determine the needs of The Libyan side is one of the currently required professional specializations.
The Libyan Minister of Labor in the Government of National Unity revealed, in his statements, the start of work on the return of Egyptian workers to the Libyan market and the reopening of all Egyptian airlines to Libya, because it will serve as a basic and important factor to facilitate the return of Egyptian workers and the movement of movement between the two countries, pointing out that the Libyan market is one of It is expected that it will receive nearly one million Egyptian workers in various professions soon.
He explained that there are job opportunities in Libya in areas in which only the Egyptian worker works, because of his skill in them, which is the work of conch, plumbing, housing finishes and contracting, noting that there are professions of a special nature that also have job opportunities, including “hydraulic maintenance, power stations, and petroleum.” .
He pointed out that the coming period will witness Libyas need for doctors, nursing jobs, engineers, and university professors, stressing that Libya is now enjoying security, stability and peace, so there is no fear for the Egyptian labor that will come in order to participate in the reconstruction.
The Libyan minister confirmed that he asked the Egyptian Minister of Manpower to speed up the implementation of the joint memorandum of understanding that was previously signed in Tripoli, as the slow implementation will provide opportunities for non-Egyptian workers to come to work in Libya instead of Egyptian workers, and this is what we fear.
The Egyptian Ministers of Manpower and his Libyan counterpart had agreed to continue activating the memorandum of cooperation signed between the two countries in 2013, and to form a technical committee to specialize in technical matters related to electronic linking between the information centers of the two ministries, as well as to form a higher committee that would follow up and supervise all work, and prepare reports. their own, as well as organizing visits to the information center in the two ministries by a technical team selected from among the technical experts, then reaching a memorandum of understanding on the technical conditions, exchanging information and naming the team formed by the two parties.
It was agreed between the two sides to form a technical committee, the task of which would be to take the necessary measures and mechanisms to complete the process of electronic linkage between the two ministries of labor in the two countries, and to form an emergency committee to confront the events and problems that may arise when the new system comes into force within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between the Government of National Unity. Libya and Egypt regarding organizing and facilitating the movement of manpower between the two countries during the recent visit of members of the Egyptian government to the Libyan state.
On the mechanisms of attracting Egyptian workers, the Libyan minister said that the transfer of Egyptian labor funds will be made available through the Central Bank of Egypt, in addition to covering them with social security and health insurance and providing return tickets for them after the end of their work period, as well as the possibility of enrolling their families to live with them during their stay in Libya.
Saafan had affirmed the Egyptian state’s keenness to stand by its sister Libya, heart to heart, throughout history in all the situations and events it was exposed to, and the solid relations in the various fields of cooperation between the two countries in various sectors.
For his part, the Libyan Minister of Labor stressed that the Egyptian state has always considered its sister Libyan state, but the two states are one state with no borders, and there is no difference, in the dealings between the Egyptian citizen and the Libyan citizen, and the cooperation is close between the two countries, in which the Egyptian state seeks with utmost care to benefit from the Experiences and experiences developed to improve business performance in the future.
Minister Ali Al-Abed directed the Ministry of Manpower to maintain continuous communication with the Libyan labor offices located within the Egyptian state, and to deal directly with each other to achieve the interests of Egyptian workers, and to ensure that they receive all their dues and provide them with safety and stability in the sisterly Libyan state.
The Libyan Minister of Labor stressed that Libya and Egypt are one country, and one people, and they have the most close historical relationship. This historical relationship is represented in compatibility, customs, traditions and a unified view between the two peoples, noting that the Libyan state has always relied on Egyptian labor in the various stages of construction and reconstruction on its lands. Giving, for example, to the Othman Ahmed Othman Company, which has undertaken many projects on Libyan lands in its various aspects.
In the same context, Saafan suggested applying the computerization system of the inspection, safety and occupational health offices in the sister country Libya, while providing all the means they need, the necessary resources and expertise to the Libyan Ministry of Labor in this regard, especially after the success of the experiment in the Egyptian state in eliminating all the abuses that were taking place In the past, ending the paper-based system of inspection, through a checklist that the inspector applies electronically to the establishments, and its reports are followed up daily by the concerned departments in the Ministry, and the performance of the inspectors is evaluated through them, as well as providing the necessary information support to the Libyan side in this regard.
The Minister of Manpower also suggested training a working group of Libyan inspectors to be trained in Egypt, at the hands of the inspectors and the information center at the ministry, to transfer expertise to their colleagues in the sisterly Libyan state.
During the meeting, they discussed the terms of the agreement concluded between the two parties, what it achieves for the Egyptian worker on Libyan soil, his legal status, and the benefits and entitlements that will be available to them through work contracts approved and documented by the Libyan Ministry of Labor, copies of which will be sent to the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower to review all its provisions. For the benefit of the Egyptian workers wishing to work in the sisterly Libyan state, as well as determining the costs of obtaining visas from the Libyan embassy, the worker’s share in the Libyan state’s social insurance, and the employer’s share, according to the contract concluded between the two parties.