Doha, (Business News Report)|| FIFA President Gianni Infantino has met with the Qatar’s Minister of Labor, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri on Wednesday in Doha.
The meeting discussed the progress achieved in terms of workers welfare and labor rights since the World Cub was awarded to Qatar in 2010. It also addressed the work that remains to be done to ensure a lasting social legacy of football’s flagship event in Qatar.
There are just 250 days before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to kick off.
“We have to acknowledge the important progress that has been achieved in Qatar over the last decade” said FIFA President.
“Landmark legislative reforms have been introduced and have already brought concrete benefits for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers,” he added.
“I am pleased to see the strong commitment from the Qatari authorities to ensure the reforms are fully implemented across the labour market, leaving a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup long after the event, and benefiting migrant workers in the host country in the long term,” he said.
“Challenges still remain – like in many other countries around the world- but the progress achieved in the recent past is undeniable, as is the commitment to bring about positive social change,” he said.
For his part, Qatar’s Minister of Labor Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri stated that “Qatar has been a pioneer in modernising labour law and regulations regarding workers welfare. Such reforms are based on a legal and legislative framework that will continue to be applied after the World Cup.”
Infantino and Al Marri acknowledged the conclusions of the recently conducted International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) mission to Qatar.
The mission has highlighted the major advances in labor reform, setting a solid platform for worker protection beyond 2022, and expressly mentioning some of the already evident positive effects of the reforms.
Today’s discussions come after a meeting held Tuesday at the Home of FIFA with representatives of Amnesty International to discuss the situation of migrant workers in Qatar.
It focused on the latest initiatives undertaken to extend workers protection to the service sector.