Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Labor and the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad signed an agreement on Monday to monitor the situation of strawberry pickers in Spanish farms.The agreement entails the founding of a joint commission to organize visits to the Spanish farms where an estimated 19,000 strawberry pickers work, to examine their working conditions in the company of Spanish authorities, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The workers who have already undergone training to harvest strawberries and other berries this season will receive a wage of €37 per 6.5 hours each day in addition to accommodations. The workers were scheduled to leave Morocco for Spain on Tuesday. Upon their return, they will be accompanied by Morocco’s National Agency for Employment and Skills (ANAPEC).Last year, Spain agreed to hire over 10,000 Moroccan agricultural workers to pick berries for the April to June harvest season. In May, some Moroccan women working in Huelva farms filed complaints against their employers for sexual assault.Read Also: 19,000 Moroccan Seasonal Workers to Go to Spain in 2019News of the assault allegations broke internationally. In June, Moroccan and Spanish women rallied in Huelva in a march of solidarity with the seasonal workers, denouncing the sexual assaults.Later, a Moroccan-Spanish delegation visited the farms to monitor the workers’ situation.Before that, the Moroccan Ministry of Employment had maintained that “no specific case of abuse or violation against Moroccan workers was found.”While in previous seasons, 11,000 went to Spain’s Huelva province to harvest and fulfilled their commitment to return home to Morocco afterward, some did not comply with the condition.In October, some 2,500 (17 percent) of the workers declared their wish to stay in Spain, according to the Moroccan-Spanish commission, which had organized the workers’ travel last season. read more

Furthermore, according to the Asian Tribune, Ambassador R.K.M.A Rajakaruna has been nominated as the Ambassador designate for the new Sri Lankan Mission in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has already left Chennai where he was Deputy High Commissioner succeeding Ambassador V. Krishnamoorthy. Asian Tribune learnt that he is waiting for the final clearance from Bahrain and it is expected that the new Sri Lanka Mission in Bahrain will be opened up shortly no sooner Mr. Rajakaruna takes up the appointment.In the meantime Ambassador V. Krissnamoorthy has been nominated as Ambassador for Saudi Arabia and this was confirmed by Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs. He succeeds Ambasssador Ahamed A. Jawad, who has been recalled immediately after the beheading of the Sri Lanka House Maid Rizana Nafeek. Sarath Dissanayaka, the former Director General of the Publicity Division of the External Affairs Ministry, has taken up the appointment as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Cuba and also accredited to Argentina.Sri Lanka’s former Permanent Representative to Geneva Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam had earlier been appointed to the post but according to the Asian Tribune website she has now been “thrown to the wolves”. She was supposed to take over as Ambassador to Cuba but Asian Tribune learnt that for reasons not explained, she did not take up that appointment and she has faded off from the limelight. Already External Affairs Ministry has decided on the nomination A. L. Sabarullah Khan, as the Deputy High Commissioner to Chennai. He was formerly the Consul General for Jeddah and presently the Director of the Economic Affairs Division in the Ministry. read more