Nepal embassy, MFA unite to combat human trafficking

MUSCAT: The Embassy of Nepal, Muscat organised an Ambassador level luncheon meeting of the ‘Colombo Process member countries’ and ‘Abu Dhabi Dialogue member countries’ of ambassadors based in Muscat with coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and the National Committee for Combatting Human Trafficking of the Sultanate at Sheraton Hotel, Muscat on January 9. Ambassador of Nepal to the Sultanate, Sarmila Parajuli Dhakal, in her speech briefed about the Colombo process and informed invitees about Nepal’s current chairmanship of the process and its theme “Safe, regular and managed migration: win-win for all”.
The ambassador shared five thematic areas of action of the process namely skills and qualification recognition process. She stressed that all such consultative mechanisms should be made more collective, meaningful, productive and should be properly implemented for safer and secure migration that is equitably beneficial for countries of origin and destination.
First Secretary Aisha Sahar Wahid al Kharusi, Head of Partnership Initiatives and Cooperation Projects, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in her speech elaborated the work of the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking (NCCHT), headed by Sayyid Badr bin Hamed bin Humood Al Busaidi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to increase protection for vulnerable parties as well as for tackling human trafficking in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol and the International Labor Organization (ILO). She highlighted the importance of the cooperation and facilitation of all the concerned embassies and thanked the Embassy of Nepal for initiating the gathering.
Counsellor Mohammed bin Ahmad al Rawahi, Legal Advisor to the Minister for Manpower, explained the various activities of the Ministry of Manpower for the welfare and rights of the labour force as well as its role in developing programmes and systems to assure the best interests of both, the employers and employees, by inspecting work facilities, safety, professional health and social protection for workers.
Younis Al Harrasi, Director of Communications at Bayan Tebyan, prepared a brief presentation over the NCCHT’s nationwide campaign “Ehsan” activities designed to help people understand human trafficking, how to identify, report and prevent it.