Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Ministry of Human Resourcesand Emiratisation (MOHRE) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the area of domestic help to create more opportunities forVietnamese labourers to work in the market. Vietnamese MOLISA Minister Dao Ngoc Dung and MOHRE Minister Nasser Thani Al Hamli at the signing ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: MOLISA) The MoU was signed on June 17 between Vietnamese MOLISA Minister Dao Ngoc Dung and MOHRE Minister Nasser Thani Al Hamli on the sideline of the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) held in Geneva, Switzerland. The MoU regulates the process to select and trainVietnamese workers as well as the responsibilities of the agency specialising in sending and receiving workers and the contents of labour contracts with employees. According to the MOLISA, the MoU took effect immediately after signing, with a term of four years, and it will be automatically extended if either party does not wish to terminate the implementation of the MoU. This MoU only regulates domestic helpers working in the UAE while the MoU signed between the two governments in 2009 stipulates provisions for workers inall professions. The MOLISA said that Vietnam began to send workers to the UAE in 1995. Currently, there are about 5,000 Vietnamese labourers working in the UAE, mainly in the fields of construction, mechanics, shipbuilding, and hotel services, with a basic salary of roughly US$450 permonth.