Representatives from 50 local labour export companies discussed measures to send more Vietnamese guest workers to Malaysia , at a seminar in Hanoi on April 15.

The event was jointly held by the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the Labour Department of the Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources.

Addressing the seminar, MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Hoa said Malaysia is an open market with a huge demand for Vietnamese labourers and a target of many Vietnamese businesses.

However, Vietnamese companies are facing numerous hurdles while exporting labourers to the Malaysian market, said the participants.

Nguyen Thanh Son, Director of Vinh Cat Trade and Service Company, suggested the Malaysian side create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to send permanent representatives to the country, assisting employers in labour management and dealing with emerging issues.

Several businesses stressed the need for banks to support workers with loans to help them cover contract costs.

Vietnam began sending workers to Malaysia in 2002. To date, the country has had 190,000 labourers working in 12 out of 13 Malaysian states, mainly in manufacturing, construction, agriculture, services and housingkeeping, said MoLISA Overseas Labour Management Department./.