Azzi presents a sample of the smart ID cards to be provided to foreign laborers. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi announced Wednesday that foreign laborers would be provided with smart ID cards starting early next year, noting that its primary purpose was to protect Lebanese workforce.Azzi assured the public that the primary purpose of the smart card was to maintain the Lebanese workforce, and was not meant to totally prevent foreigners from accessing the Lebanese job market.The project is the culmination of efforts begun by Former Labor Minister Salim Jreissati.As foreign laborers will be required to go in person to designated state agencies, Azzi predicted that the ministry could become overwhelmed. He called on the government to allow the Labor Ministry to recruit new employees. The project will be managed by the Lebanon-based firm Encrypt.
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