India, UAE sign pact to enhance cooperation in skill development

| Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 20:18
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Rajiv Pratap Rudy

The MoU was signed after the Union Cabinet's approval of the engagement between MSDE and NQA | Photo: IANS

New Delhi: The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the National Qualification Authority (NQA) of UAE to enhance cooperation in the area of skill development.

The MoU was signed after the Union Cabinet's approval of the engagement between MSDE and NQA.

"It will pave the way for trained and skilled workers to access employment opportunities overseas and on the other hand improve the workforce productivity in UAE (United Arab Emirates)," a statement from the ministry said.

Commenting on the partnership, Union Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the partnership would enhance productivity of both the countries.

"For years, India's resources have been migrating to the Middle East for job opportunities. With this collaboration between India and UAE, this is our first step to ensure that we have a skilled and certified workforce in India which can enhance the productivity and prosperity of both the nations," Rudy said.

A Joint Working Group has also been constituted, with representation from both the countries to work towards mutual recognition of qualifications and certification system.

The group has already recognised 82 job roles which have been benchmarked to UK standards and 28 job roles benchmarked to Australian standards.

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