India signs MoU with Qatar for Skill development

India has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  with Qatar for encouraging skill development and facilitate workers to travel easily from India to the gulf nation. The agreement was signed between Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (India) and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (Qatar).

According to this agreement, Qatar will identify the areas in which it requires manpower and India will train its people in these skills so that they can start working in Qatar. This pact would benefit both the nations, particularly at this stage,  with Qatar being the host country for FIFA World Cup, 2022, the demand for skilled workers particularly in job roles related to construction would increase steadily.

The cooperation between both the nations, also envisions establishing mechanisms for recognition of skills (with certificates from Qatar) for workforce who have not undergone any formal skill training but are already working in Qatar.

Moreover, the pact shall promote access to respective databases for exchange of information on demand and supply skilled workforce. Under this, Qatar will provide data on employers and jobs available (demand side) while India will provide data on skilled and certified workforce (supply side).

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