Egyptian Workers to Return to Libya after Elections


On Wednesday, the Head of the Egyptian Labor Recruitment Division, Hamdi Emam said that Egyptian workers would be able to return to Libya after the December elections.

Emam pointed out that unskilled workers’ salaries would not be less than $500 US dollars per month, while the salaries of skilled workers will exceed $1,000 dollars.

“Engineers’ salaries range between $1,500-$2,000 dollars,” he noted.

Earlier this month, the Egyptian-Libyan Technical Committee signed the electronic link protocol between the two countries. This is in preparation for the return of Egyptian workers that will participate in the reconstruction of the country, said Egyptian Minister of Manpower, Mohamed Saafan.

Saafan noted the electronic link between the two countries is important to regulate the entry of Egyptian workers to the Libyan labour market in a legitimate and legal manner.

“Through this protocol, we can determine the whereabouts of these workers, and the establishments in which they work. This is to identify and keep count the Egyptian workers in Libya,” Saafan’s media office said in a statement.

He added that the Egyptians would be able to travel to Libya, after the signing of the electronic link system.

Saafan pointed out that the construction and contracting sectors are expected to take the largest number of workers. “The workers will be requested through the electronic link to undergo training at the centers of the concerned authorities before travelling,” the statement noted.

Saafan told Independent Arabia in October that the first batch of workers has already arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

A technical team from the Ministry of Manpower visited Tripoli to lay the foundations for the electronic link between the two countries, he added. “The electronic link aims to provide facilities to limit the places of work of expatriate workers, and to prevent their exploitation from other parties or illegal immigration,” the Egyptian minister explained.

Meanwhile, Head of the Division of Employment Abroad in the Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, Abdel Rahim Al-Mursi said that about one million Egyptian workers will be deployed in Libya soon. He expects that the number will “increase to 3 million workers within about two years.”

Al-Mursi revealed that a large delegation of government and private companies will visit Tripoli in November, in order to begin reconstruction work in December.

Notably, Libyan Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba visited Egypt in September, where he signed reconstruction contracts worth about $4 billion dollars.

Among the most prominent projects are contracts for the construction of the 250 km Ajdabiya – Jalu road.

Libya and Egypt also agreed on consultancy work to implement the Mellitah power station. As well as a project to implement the C-Ring Road, one of the most important projects in Libya.