AS job opportunities open up for Fijians in the United Arab Emirates, the government has given its assurance that those applying for work there will be properly looked after.
The assurance came from Labour Minister Jone Usamate yesterday.
He said the government would not like to see a repeat of the bad treatment Fiji citizens received while working in Kuwait and Iraq in previous years.
Mr Usamate said government wanted to make sure when Fijian citizens went to the UAE, they were ensured their basic rights.
"We want to make sure that when our people go, their basic rights, the wages they should have should be reasonable and nothing bad should happen to them," he said. Mr Usamate said the government's role was to ensure the interests of Fijian citizens working abroad were protected.
The minister also announced new expressions of interests shown by UAE for 21 Fijian workers to work in the tourism industry.
He said UAE needed workers such as waiters and waitresses, chefs, food and beverage co-ordinators and guest relation executives, maintenance technicians, front office personnel, security officers, housekeeping supervisors, information technology supervisor, fitness instructor, guest activities co-ordinator, kid's club attendants, air conditioning technicians and plumbers.
Mr Usamate said the job opportunities were for workers to work in five and seven star resorts.
"Vacancies will be advertised in the media and people are urged to apply.
"Members of the public should make use of these opportunities.
"We have in Fiji a very good system of training people. The Fiji National University has a very good hospitality school, National Training and Productivity Centre has a very good system of training people and they are producing very well-trained people."