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Jakarta Post

Moratorium takes effect in Saudi Arabia

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 9 2011   /  09:18 am

After five months, the moratorium on labor export has taken effect in Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom’s Human Resources Minister Adel Muhammad Fakieh made a special visit to Jakarta on Tuesday to repair the two countries’ bilateral ties regarding labor issues.

Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar and his Saudi Arabian counterpart declined to explain in detail the impact of the moratorium policy between the two countries, but stressed that both sides were committed to improving protection for Indonesian migrant workers employed as domestic helpers in Saudi Arabia.

Indonesia, which has annually supplied around 30,000 migrant workers to Saudi Arabia over the past decade, has suspended labor exports since June 2011, after discovering the absence of improved protection for migrant workers over the past four decades.

Data at nongovernment...