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State Minister Tek Bahadur Gurung of Labor& Employment of Nepal and Ambassador Karman Singh Lama of Nepal in Seoul hosted a seminar at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Aug. 28, 2015 on the topic of “EPS Korea and Promotion of Safe Labor Migration: Glimpse and Future Opportunity” with the attendance of many Korean business CEOs and senior managers employing Nepalese workers.

▲Minister Tek Bahadur Gulungof Labour& Employment of Nepal speaks to the seminar.

From the Nepalese side, besides Minister Gurung and Ambassador Lama, came Director General Bharat Raj Subedi of the Department of Labor of Nepal, Joint Secretary P:rasad Shrestha of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Labor Attache Anil Kumar Gurung of Nepalese Embassy in Seoul, Managing Director Parasar Prasai of Korean Air in Kathmandu in Nepal and President BinodKunwor of NRN Korea (Nepalese Residents Association in Korea).
From the Korean side came Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post Media Group, President Chul-won Kwon of BM Pharmaceutical, Vice President Y.N. Lee of HJn Beauty, Director Gilsoon Han of Shinwoo and many managerial-level officialsHyundai E&C, SK E&C and GS E&C.
Minister Gurung, Ambassador Lama and other officials from Nepal explained the excellent qualifications of the Nepalese workers, including the loyalty and excellent service of the Gurkhas of Nepal, on which Chairman Lee of The Korea Post presented his own experience with them during his service with the First British Commonwealth Division during the Korean War (1950-3).

▲Minister Tek Bahadur Gulung of Labour& Employment of Nepal (right) and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post

There also was a question-answer session where the Korean business representatives hiring Nepalese workers presented some questions and the Nepalese officials provided with answers.
Excerpts from the speeches and explanations by the minister, ambassador and other officials follow:

Korea and Nepal had almost similar socio-economic background during 1962. Korea moved forward a lot with its commitment and devotion and became a industrial country with high economic growth and per capita income (USD 28,000). Nepal and Korea established bilateral diplomatic relations on 15 May 1974.
With the establishment of bilateral relations Korea is supporting Nepal for its development and growth
Nepal enjoys positive Balance of Payment with Korea (For example in 2012 Nepal exported goods worth USD 18.5 millions and imported worth USD17 millions).
Korea supported relief work during Earthquake in 2015 including heavy equipment and provided USD 10 million grant for recovery and reconstruction.
Korea introduced Employment Permit System (EPS) in August 2004 and signed a Moue with Nepal on 23 July 2007 at ministerial level.
Nepal is facilitating Safe Labor Migration to S. Korea at G to G level through EPS Korea Section under Department of Foreign Employment (Doe).
As per the Moue, HRD Korea assigned a Resident Officer for supporting the EPS processes in Nepal
Bilateral “Implementation Agreement” was signed between two ministries for conduction of Korean language examination on 27 November 2007 (EPS-KLT).

▲Ambassador Karman Singh Lama of Nepal speaks at the seminar.

Service Commitment Agreement of EPS-KLT was signed between Doe and HRD Korea in 2008 and 2010 (Guidelines and conduction of Korean Language Examination) respectively Korea introduced Employment Permit System (EPS) in August 2004 and signed a Moue with Nepal on 23 July 2007 at ministerial level.
Nepal is facilitating Safe Labor Migration to S. Korea at G to G level through EPS Korea Section under Department of Foreign Employment (Doe).
As per the Moue, HRD Korea assigned a Resident Officer for supporting the EPS processes in Nepal
Bilateral “Implementation Agreement” was signed between two ministries for conduction of Korean language examination on 27 November 2007 (EPS-KLT).
Service Commitment Agreement of EPS-KLT was signed between Doe and HRD Korea in 2008 and 2010 (Guidelines and conduction of Korean Language Examination) respectively
The last renewal (Third) was made on 29 June, 2012.
Nepal was awarded Best Practice outstanding award thrice in 2009, 2011 and 2013 respectively
Nepal was designated as priority for committed and PBT workers among 15 sending countries in 2014 mainly due to honesty and loyalty of Nepalese workers. To date 32,587 (30,535 male and 2,052 female) have been recruited under EPS. So far Nepalese are recruited in manufacturing (25,854), agriculture (5,349), fisheries (450) and service (45).
A very low percentage of returnees are staying in Korea after completion of their contract. To address this a high level task force has been constituted for prevention of overstay

▲Publisher Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post presents his experience with the Gurkhas during his service as an interpreter-translator with the First British Commonwealth Division during the Korean War of 1950-3

Nepal is in process of introducing policy for returnees along with soft loan and skill development directives, 2015.
The number of quota provided and the number of Job seekers is not matching (low number of quota and high number of Job seekers).
Limited sectors for recruitment to Nepalese particularly in manufacturing and agriculture.
The new sectors where Nepalese could work well are Construction, Service including Security guard and Tourism. Increasing female participation under EPS but low employment rate
Creating an environment for additional employment opportunity for Nepalese Youths and supporting in recovery and reconstruction from devastating Earthquake
Reducing cost for employment; adopting free visa and ticket approaches or partially deducting the cost during payment of salary.
Born and grown up at high hill and mountains as well as hard working experience from childhood.
The Sherpa “mountain climbers” are famous all over the world.
The Gurkhas (Nepalese Soldiers in UK and India) are known as brave, honest and historic warriors
Nepalese are working as an honest and best security personnel in the crucial job (Royal palace, vital installations, etc. in Gulf and other countries).
Nepal- The birth place of Lord Buddha and its habitants is peace loving and follow non-violence philosophy. Therefore, trustworthy and productive at work
Highly inspired with Korean employers and their working culture that have encouraged them to perform well at their work.
For supporting Nepal is recovery and reconstruction from recent devastating earthquake.
To recognize and appreciate honesty, discipline and dedication towards job.
Have own Korean employers’ trust and confidence therefore PBT/CBT is increasing.
Many of them are experienced and skilled on foreign employment particularly from Gulf countries.
Strong family support to go and work in Korea.
Enough and systematic pre-departure orientation.
To reduce the extremely high gap between demand and supply (no. of aspirants workers more than 60000 per year but job opportunity only for 6000).For supporting Nepal is recovery and reconstruction from recent devastating earthquake.
To recognize and appreciate honesty, discipline and dedication towards job.
Have own Korean employers’ trust and confidence therefore PBT/CBT is increasing.
Many of them are experienced and skilled on foreign employment particularly from Gulf countries
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▲Minister Tek Bahadur Gulung of Labour& Employment of Nepal, Ambassador and Mrs.

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