Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Director of Saudi Manpower Solutions (SMASCO) Saad Al Badah said it was optimistic that nurses from Indonesia could compete with nurses from the Philippines, who currently dominate the health industry in Saudi Arabia.

"We are sure that by 2023, Indonesian nurses can do better than nurses from the Philippines, who currently dominate the Saudi Arabian health industry," Saad said in a written statement received by ANTARA in Jakarta on Tuesday.

SMASCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Alwakil Indonesia (GAI) in terms of sending medical personnel, especially nurses, which will begin in early 2019.

GAI is an Indonesian company that aims to raise investment in the field of Human Resources (HR) development; build specific competence standardization for alignment with the industry; build information technology-based systems in collecting data on migrant workers; and ensure synergy in the recruitment, training, and placement of migrant workers Indonesia.

In addition, GAI also has a mission to build a protection system for migrant workers from legal aid to preparing software and hardware.

SMASCO is the first recruitment company in Saudi Arabia that has placed more than 90 thousand foreign workers in Saudi Arabia.

According to Al Badah, this is an important momentum for business-to-business cooperation between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, especially in the health sector.

Meanwhile, the CEO of the Indonesian Global Parliament, Hemasari Dharmabumi remarked that Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have similarities in human resources requirements in the health sector.

The most important target of the industry is also the health sector, because Indonesia, with thousands of tourist destinations, has abundant potential health workers.

" Saudi Arabia, which receives large number of pilgrims from Indonesia for Hajj and Umrah, is in desperate need of hospitality workers who understand the needs of pilgrims from Indonesia. Hospitality is an industrial sector that will be the mainstay of the Indonesian Parliament three years from now," Dharmabumi revealed.

Dharmabumi added that the efforts that have been made by GAI, in addition to cooperating with several local governments and the private sector in the field of recruitment systems, have also collaborated with various vocational training centers (BLK) in the field of training.

Through a very strict process, GAI has compiled various Indonesian Migrant Workers (P3MI) Placement Companies in a consortium called the Alwakil Consortium.

The President of the Indonesian Global Commissioner, Fahmi Idris, in his remarks stated that the idea of building a global Indonesian Representative company was in the context of both protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) as well as protection of the sustainability of the company.

"We provide full support to the government to implement a strategy for reforming the long-term migration system, which, of course, is one of the involvements of the private sector in building a sustainable migration ecosystem," Idris pointed out.

Reporting by Indriani
Editing by Eliswan, Andi Abdussalam

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