The Kenyan government has announced plans to send at least 1,500 casual labourers to work in agricultural fields in Israel amid the Hamas war.
In a statement, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection said the deal was reached during bilateral discussions between Principal Secretary Shadrack Mwadime and Managing Director of Guri Avocados, Rami Cohen, on Wednesday, December 6.
According to the ministry, the workers will earn a monthly net income of $1,500 equivalent to Ksh230,025 in the current exchange rate.
"These opportunities number about 1,500 with a guaranteed net income of 1,500 USD per month, on 3 years renewable contracts," the ministry announced.
Kenyan to export labour for Israel's agriculture fields as casual workers. These emerged following bilateral discussion between PS @Mwadimeshadrack and MD of Guri Avocados from Israel, Mr Rami Cohen today. Present was the President of @kenya_chamber Dr. Eric Rutto. pic.twitter.com/RhKRv9yO33— Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (@LabourSPKE) December 6, 2023
Eric Rutto, the President of Kenya National of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), attended the meeting.
The ministry further noted that the program will be implemented by several local agencies licensed by the National Employment Authority (NEA).
Over the recent months, President William Ruto has been vocal about the government exploring job opportunities for Kenyans to work abroad.
This, he says, is part of the Kenya Kwanza government's efforts to deal with the high unemployment rate in the country.
On Thursday, the Head of State asked newly appointed diplomats to proactively protect and advance the interests of Kenyans in their countries of designation.
The President said the ambassadors should explore new business opportunities for Kenyans abroad and promote Kenya as an ideal investment destination.
He emphasized that it is the responsibility of the ambassadors to look after Kenyans operating in the countries they are posted.
“It is my expectation that you will cultivate relations that foster the interests of the Republic of Kenya,” he added.
The President made the remarks at State House Nairobi during a meeting with 41 newly appointed ambassadors, high commissioners and deputy heads of mission.