The agreement came during an early February meeting between Yemeni Minister of Expatriate Affairs Mujahid al-Qahali and Ramadan Bazama, chargé d'affaires at the Libyan embassy in Sanaa, who discussed ways to develop and strengthen relations between the two countries.
The two parties seek to appoint a Yemeni attaché for expatriates in Libya, and a Libyan labour attaché in Yemen.
The Yemeni Ministry of Expatriate Affairs is currently preparing a list to organise the dispatch of Yemeni workers who wish to work outside the country.
Abdul Qader Ayedh, assistant undersecretary at the Ministry of Expatriate Affairs, told Al-Shorfa the Libyan side was receptive to plans to boost bilateral relations, including the move to assist Yemenis who seek to work in Libya.
"Arranging the process of sending Yemeni labour to Libya in a systematic and organised manner that ensures the rights of both sides calls for developing a mechanism," he said.
This would specify desired fields of work, qualifications and skills, and protect the rights and duties of all parties, Ayedh added.
Libya is seeing an increase in construction and Yemeni workers are seeking employment opportunities, he said, so the move would "strengthen the bonds of co-operation and partnership between the two countries, since economic relations create broader areas for partnership that extend to the social, cultural and other arenas".
Ayedh said his ministry will prepare a strategy for supplying Yemeni labour to Libya and will submit it to the cabinet for approval.
A HISTORY OF CO-OPERATION
"Yemeni-Libyan relations were excellent on the political level in the past and centred on joint Arab action," said Ali Abdul Qawi al-Ghaffari, former Yemeni ambassador to Libya. "Libya also provided generous assistance to Yemen after unification, including the construction of residential cities in Sanaa and the Libyan Trade Centre."
Libya could use Yemeni labour in reconstruction efforts following its recent revolution, al-Ghaffari said.
In addition to construction workers, Libya needs teachers in its many universities, as well as oil and aviation personnel, he said.
"There is a similarity between the political systems of the two countries, which facilitates the process of creating broader areas of co-operation," al-Ghaffari said.
It is important to appoint a new Yemeni ambassador to Libya as soon as possible, which could have a positive impact on improving relations and establishing areas of co-operation, he added.
Economic affairs researcher Abdo al-Wajihi said the agreement would have a positive effect on Yemeni economy and lead to increased tourism between the two countries "as a natural result of the mixing between the two cultures".
At the same time, it is important to officially exchange experiences and expertise between the two countries, he said.
Al-Wajihi said a labour agreement should also include a study on the needs of the Libyan labour market and proper safeguards to guarantee the rights of both sides.