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Government signs deal to have 1,500 Kenyans work in Lebanon in 21 days

1,500 Kenyans set for jobs in Lebanon in KNCCI deal with Owners of Recruitment Agencies, an agency that represents Lebanese companies.

To help Kenyans find work in Lebanon, KNCCI has inked an agreement (MoU) with the Kenya Association of Private Employment Agencies (KAPEA) and the Association of Skilled Migrant Agencies of Kenya.

According to an agreement between the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and several organizations, the first batch of 1,500 Kenyans is scheduled to depart the nation and take up employment in Lebanon.

ASMAK, KAPEA, and KNCCI have negotiated for jobs in the Middle Eastern country through the Syndicate of the Owners of Recruitment Agencies in Lebanon, the organization that represents Lebanese businesses. 

The work visas of the 1,500 Kenyans are expected within 21 days.

“This partnership not only addresses the pressing issue of unemployment in Kenya but also strengthens diplomatic ties and economic cooperation between the two nations,” KNCCI president Erick Rutto said.

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He said the agreement will facilitate the recruitment of about 10,000 semi-skilled and skilled professionals from Kenya for employment in Lebanon by the end of the year.

According to the agreement, Kenyan agency representatives will provide pre-departure training, ensuring they are well-prepared to excel in their respective roles in Lebanon.

At the same time, the Lebanese agent representatives will communicate any special training requirements for those leaving the country for Lebanon.

Dr Rutto said the collaboration signifies a significant milestone in the country’s journey to combat unemployment and create opportunities for its citizens.

He said KNCCI is committed to partnering with labor-importing countries, including Kenya, its embassies, the Council of Governors, and other chambers.

The Ministry of Labour estimates that Kenya has close to four million migrant workers mainly in North America, Europe, the Middle East, the Gulf, and Australia.

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