Ministry of Labour and Tanmia propose Labour Market Information System for GCC region
Under the patronage of H.E. Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka’abi, Minister of Labour and Chairman of Tanmia’s Board of Trustees, the Ministry of Labour and Tanmia, the National Human Resources Development and Employment Authority, proposed a Labour Market Information System [LMIS] Project for the Gulf Cooperation Council region, during a meeting at Tanmia’s head office in Dubai today (Tuesday, June 27, 2006).
The project is designed to yield information that will help to guide policy and decisions pertaining to employment and the labour market being taken by decision makers, organisations and researchers in the GCC region.
Speaking at the meeting, Ahmed Kajour, Assistant Undersecretary for Planning at the Ministry of Labour said: “The proposed Labour Market Information System fulfils a long-pending need of employers, training institutions, employment services and job seekers for comprehensive and reliable information about the GCC labour market.”
The LMIS is a comprehensive system for collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative and qualitative information regarding the composition and trends in labour supply and demand. The system will provide data on the imbalances or likely imbalances in labour supply and demand across all economic sectors, occupations and localities of all GCC countries.
The project, implemented through Tanmia’s Centre for Labour Market Research and Information, is structured to yield significant data that helps in designing labour market policies as well as educational, training institutions and employment policies.
“Authorities in the GCC countries urgently require a system that can facilitate proper planning and sound policy decisions on employment and the labour market. Entrusting this responsibility to a central national agency of the stature of Tanmia’s Centre for Labour Market Research and Information will ensure the availability of regular, authoritative and complete data and contribute to the development of human resources in the GCC,” Kajour concluded.
Tanmia, the National Human Resources Development & Employment Authority in the UAE, was established by a Presidential decree in November 1999, to address the imbalance in the labour market, due to excessive dependence on expatriate workforce. Tanmia is engaged in a coordinating role, between national job seekers and employers in the private and government sectors, to facilitate increased entry of nationals in the labour market. The responsibilities that rest with the Authority are: to set up the overall policy of the Authority and supervise its implementation, conduct sustained operational and administrative labour market studies and analysis, provide career counseling and guidance to the national work force, follow-up and evaluate employment of nationals in public and private sectors, support small investment enterprises through the establishment of self-employment projects for national human resources and develop programmes for training and qualifying nationals seeking employment, in conformity with the labour market needs.
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