Oman will from next year ban expatriate workers from transporting fruit and vegetables as part of a drive to offer more jobs to nationals, a newspaper reported Tuesday, June 5.
Labor Minister Amer Bin Shwain Al-Hosni said the ban on expatriates exporting fruit and vegetables from wholesale markets to the interior regions will come into effect on January 1, the Oman Times said.
Oman has already banned expatriates from driving water tankers and school buses, as well as from secretarial work and gas distribution.
The sultanate has launched a campaign to employ Omanis and cut reliance on imported labor. A target date of 2003 has been set to have all government posts filled by Omanis.
According to official figures, a quarter of the Gulf sultanate's population of two million are foreigners, mainly from the Asian sub-continent. ― (AFP, Muscat)
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