Qatar Chamber defends exit permit system

 06 Nov 2013 - 6:08


DOHA: The Qatar Chamber has refused to budge on its rigid stand on exit permit rules and said they are needed because sudden and unannounced departure of key employees of private companies could hit the firms hard financially or in terms of loss of a prized staffer.

“It should be ensured that whenever the exit permit system is removed, the move does not adversely impact Qatari companies,” said the chairman of the Chamber.

Some people hold key positions in companies so if they leave the country for good unannounced, that could mean a huge loss to the company financially or in terms of loss of a prized employee, said Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassem Al Thani.

Then, there are people who have taken bank loans. Loans are given away by banks against salary transfers, without the knowledge of their employers. So, if at all exit permit rules are amended, they need to be done only after taking these factors into consideration to avoid affecting private companies and the national economy.

Sheikh Khalifa told Al Sharq in an interview published yesterday that the Chamber, which is the representative body of the private sector, was strictly against employers using sponsorship and exit permit rules as a tool of  exploitation.

His remarks came in response to a question about the State Cabinet recently appointing a committee to study the sponsorship and exit permit rules for foreign workers and whether the Chamber supported the removal of the exit permit system. The Peninsula