THAILAND: Thailand has entered into a new labour cooperation deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The plan, which will activated within the next two months, was disclosed in the wake of the first restoration of ties between the two countries in more than 30 years.
Thai government spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, says there are currently fewer than 1,350 Thai workers presently working in Saudi Arabia, most often as welders, technicians, and household staff.
Aranya Sakulkosol, chairman of the Thai Overseas Manpower Association, a government-affiliated overseas recruitment agency, welcomed the news. “Saudi Arabia is also carrying on the developing plan that will provide (an) opportunity for Thai labourers, especially those with skills,” he said.
“The association expects to start sending the pilot group to work in Saudi Arabia within two months, following the government’s plan. We will see how Thai workers adjust to the employers in Saudi Arabia."