KATHMANDU, Jan 4: The government is looking forward to signing bilateral labor agreements with five countries, including three from the European Union.
According to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, talks are underway to ink a G2G agreement with Poland, Romania and Seychelles. The countries could serve as attractive destinations in terms of high earnings for foreign employment seekers in Nepal.
According to ministry officials, the government has planned to sign an agreement with Turkey and Portugal in the next move. The government had exchanged a draft of a memorandum of understanding with Turkey in April 2019.
In search of lucrative jobs, many Nepali job-seekers have been illegally entering European countries. The brokers who make fake documents and visit visas for these people have been charging hefty amounts in commissions. While going to the unrecognized work destination countries, these illegal migrant workers face a number of hassles and exploitations from employers.
As of now, Nepal has signed labor agreements with nine countries — Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Republic of Korea, Bahrain, Japan, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia and Mauritius. The first bilateral labor agreement that Nepal entered into was with Qatar in 2005. In the latest, Nepal inked the agreement with Israel last October.