The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities have reminded Emiratis working in the private sector that they should be registered in the country’s pension scheme and that their employers must ensure monthly contributions are paid on time. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) held a meeting with the General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) to discuss the latest developments in Nafis, a federal initiative aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Emiratis and empowering them to hold skilled jobs in the country’s private sector.
During the meeting, Mohre officials emphasized the need to establish an integrated digital system linked to the pension funds to ensure mandatory registrations are completed and monthly payments are made on time. The quality of data exchanged through this system should also be enhanced.
According to the GPSSA, there has been a steady increase in the number of Emirati employees registered in the pension fund since the Nafis scheme was rolled out. The organization received up to 700 requests in the first month of announcing the program compared to 200 requests before implementing it. Now, a total of 1,200 requests are being received per day.
As part of the Emiratisation program, Mohre ensures that the number of citizens registered in the pension scheme is constantly updated. The ministry also discussed the need for continuous monitoring procedures to check companies’ compliance with labor regulations, including the Nafis program. These evaluations will ensure that the support goes to those who deserve it.
Other processes include the need to conduct surveys and studies and prepare reports based on employment data. This information will support decision-makers in developing systems, updates, and procedures in Nafis.
In conclusion, the UAE authorities have underscored the importance of Emiratis being registered in the pension scheme and the responsibility of their employers to ensure timely monthly contributions. The Nafis initiative aims to increase Emirati competitiveness and empower them in the private sector, and an integrated digital system linked to pension funds is seen as critical to ensuring compliance with the scheme’s regulations. The steady increase in requests to join the pension fund is a positive sign, and continuous monitoring procedures will ensure that the support goes to those who need it.