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Riyadh – In an attempt to increase awareness about labor laws in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Cabinet approved the establishment of labor attaché offices at seven Saudi embassies in Egypt, India, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

The Cabinet came to the decision based on a recommendation by the Standing Committee of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development.

The Cabinet also decided that Ministry of Labor and Social Development, in coordination with the ministries of foreign and civil service, will determine the number of Saudi and non-Saudi employees at the offices to help labor attaches. In addition, the ministries will determine the duties of the attaches.

Ministry of Labor told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that labor attachés can restrict recruitment brokers and regulate the recruitment business. The ministry hopes to clean the recruitment market off brokers and offer a fully organized recruitment market.

The ministry revealed that this step could help the newcomers in knowing the culture of Saudi Arabia and urge them to respect the current labor policies.

In another major move to force private companies to employ Saudis, the Cabinet passed a law making it mandatory for firms seeking renewal of their commercial licenses to present Saudization certificates issued by the Labor Ministry.

The Kingdom aims to encourage private companies to employ more Saudis and end the unemployment problem among the Saudis.

The Cabinet approved back then that a Saudization certificate is one of the main documents required for applying for the renewal of licenses, opening or operating a firm, obtaining business visas and issuing commercial registrations for the branch of a firm that has failed to employ the required number of Saudis.