Nepal, Japan to ink labor agreement ‘soon'

Published On: March 24, 2019 01:25 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, March 24: Nepal and Japan are likely to ink an agreement within the next couple of days to send Nepali workers to Japan.

An official at the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security said that the government-to-government agreement would be signed by Mahesh Dahal, secretary at the MoLESS and Japan’s ambassador to Nepal, Masashi Ogawa on Monday or by the end of this week.  

“We are planning to do it tomorrow. However, if that isn’t to be the case, we will do it as soon as possible.”  An aspiring migrant worker must acquire N-4 language competency and have skills.

While Nepal had made several attempts to ink a G2G agreement with Japan, it wasn’t possible until this year when a four-member Japanese government technical team arrived in Kathmandu on January 15 to hold extensive discussions regarding a bilateral labor agreement between the two countries. 

On December 2018, Japan’s cabinet had agreed to bring about 345,000 foreign workers from nine countries in 14 industrial sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture and fishing, nursing care, janitorial work,  the hotel industry, as well as food processing and food services. The workers include those from Nepal, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.  

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