India, UAE ink agreement to engage on skill harmonization
Both the nations have agreed to engage with each other on skills harmonization, aimed at matching India’s programs for up-skilling workers with the requirements of UAE’s job market.
The UAE government and India today announced the launch of a new strategic partnership that aims to enhance skills development and mutual recognition of qualifications.
The partnership was announced at a forum in Dubai, organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI, supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, MOHRE, and India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The forum was attended by a high-level delegation from India.
The forum held panel discussions on skilled labor supply and demand and skill harmonization between India and UAE.
"My hope is that this is only the first step in terms of increased collaboration between the UAE and India. It is also my hope that through this partnership, the UAE and India will lead the way regionally in making sure that the skilling of workers in our region is robust. By strengthening trust in the quality of training and certification, and by requiring workers to be skilled and certified prior to their arrival, we can improve the skills mix in the labor market, leading to improved labor productivity for business. The skilling of workers is also likely to positively impact the wage structure here in the UAE, ensuring that wages increase and improving competition among Emiratis for a variety of jobs," stated Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, MOHRE Assistant Under-Secretary while speaking about the collaboration.
While speaking at the forum, Dr. K.P. Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, said, "Our goal in India is to increase the scale of skilling operations, as well as improving the quality of skills provision. The relationship between India and the UAE will be beneficial if we can provide the UAE labor market with its precise needs."
A centralized programme that is demand driven, and meets the UAE’s requirements for certifications frameworks, is, we believe, the answer. This event is vital in helping to clearly identify the skills requirements of UAE employers, including those soft skills to inform people coming here about the culture of the UAE, he added.
Both the nations have agreed to cooperate with each other on skills harmonization, aimed at matching India’s programmes for up-skilling workers with the requirements of UAE’s job market.