This article was contributed by Director Sulaymonov Alisher Sadriddinovich of the Representative Office of the Agency for the External Labor Migration of Uzbekistan in in Gwangju.—Ed.
Uzbekistan is undergoing reforms in all sectors of governance, including labor sector and international cooperation. Taking into consideration significant amount share of external labor migration, and importance to (1) protect rights of Uzbek migrants and (2) collaborate with foreign countries in these matters, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan adopted decree No. 3743 from May 28, 2018 "On establishment the foreign representative offices of the Agency for External Labor Migration under the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan" (further as “Representative Office of the Agency for External Migration” and “MoELR”).
Based on this document, the Representative Office of the Agency for External Migration was established and registered on March 4, 2019 in Gwangju city (Cholla-Namdo) of the Republic of Korea as a foreign government organization. Mr. Sulaymonov Alisher Sadriddinovich is the Head of Representative Office of the Agency for the External Labor Migration in Gwangju according to the order of the MoELR No. 39-K since Feb. 1, 2019.
During 2019 the Representative Office of the Agency for External Migration established tight partnership with the local and national authorities of the Republic of Korea. Significant contribution to bilateral cooperation, the development of the "Employment Permit System" and the effective regulation of relationship between employers and citizens in relation to labour activities were highly appreciated by Mr. Kim Dong-Man, president of the Human Resources Development of Korea (HRD Korea) and the Head of Representative Office of the Agency for the External Migration was awarded with "Certificate of Appreciation (plate)."
Particular activities done by the Representative Office of the Agency for the External Migration in 2019 include followings:
Practice of regular meetings with citizens of Uzbekistan working in Korea was introduced. During meetings in Gwangju, Gimhae, Seoul, Daegu and Changwon cities more than 1000 citizens attended meetings sharing their problems and receiving practical assistance from the Representative Office of the Agency for the External Migration. Notably, representatives of local authorities and government organizations of Korea attended these meetings for the first time. Around 50 citizens, who returned for labor migration without any legal violations were awarded with appreciation certificates and prizes.
The celebration of the 28th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan was organized on Oct. 13, 2019 in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. “UZBEKISTAN DAY” was open event in Korean Polytechnic University and attended by Uzbek students studying in Korea, labor migrants, Korean companies, representatives of international organizations and embassies and any other interested parties. The event consisted of football match, national music and dance performances, presentation of national cuisine and other cultural features of Uzbekistan.
Partnership with more than 110 government agencies, enterprises, institutions and organizations of the Republic of Korea were established to develop further cooperation and joint work in labor migration. In this line, the Representative office of the Agency for the external migration established contacts with Korean employers.
Three Memorandums of Understanding was signed with (1) "Keumseong" and (2) "Saram Law," the the most famous Korean Law companies, and the (3) Gwangju Support Center for Foreigners to provide legal assistance to Uzbek citizens living and working in the territory of the Republic of Korea.
To promote activities of and spread the information about the Representative office of the Agency for the external migration, cooperation with such big mass media companies as KBS, Yeongnam News TV, YTN, MBS, MBS, YNS(CHEN), Gwangju Broadcasing System, CBS, SBS, Gwangju Ilbo and CNN21 was established. In this line, the Representative office of the Agency for the external migration launched its own channels in social media: Facebook official page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Vakolatxona.Koreya/about/) and Telegram channel (https://t.me/Vakolatxona_Koreya).
The Representative office of the Agency for the external migration also provided practical assistance to citizens: (1) free distribution of 600 books to prepare for EPS-TOPIK; (2) obtaining compensation payments, disability benefits and monthly wages in the total amount of 557,921,420 KRW ($ 477,237 USD) and (3) ensure political rights of citizens during Parliamentary elections of 2019 through establishment of constituency in Gwangju for the 1st time.
In addition to all activities, the Representative Office of the Agency for the External Migration has hot-line for regular receptions, online and offline submission of complaints and/or requests, so they are always ready to help employers and employees in resolving any possible conflicts and/or open for suggestions and recommendations.