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More Pinoys needed in Kuwait for newly– aunched 15-year, $50 billion development program

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (19 August) -- Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who arrived in Manila recently for his ninth leg Asian tour told President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that his country is ready to accept "even a million" more Filipino workers including engineers, nurses and doctors to help his government implement a range of programs.

Shiek Nasser visited Manila as part of his Asian tour to enhance Kuwait's economic, diplomatic and trade relations with the different countries in the region.

The Kuwaiti leader said that they have so many projects on board. In fact, Kuwait has launched a 15-year, $50-billion development package that includes a container port, a railway system, five new cities, an entertainment city and bridges.

This, Nasser said is the reason why they are needing the help of a large number of Filipino workers, and offering a "no quota policy" on Filipino workers going to Kuwait.

Such privilege given to Pinoys boosts the government's program on providing more jobs especially to the enlarging number of unemployed Filipino graduates, especially the skilled ones.

More jobs for Filipinos abroad means more remittances which plays a big part in keeping our economy in a more stable condition.

In the recent state dinner at the Palace, Sheik Nasser and President Arroyo also witnessed the signing of three agreements between the Philippines and Kuwait on energy projects, health-related services, and tourism.

Kuwait is hosting the third largest Filipino community in the Middle East and Nasser said, Filipinos are most welcome to make Kuwait their "second home." (PIA-La Union) [top]

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