The United Arab Emirates government is working with other countries to ensure better protection and labor rights for migrant workers in the Gulf state.

Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Nasser Thani Al Hamli, said on Tuesday the UAE is trying to boost protection for migrant workers to reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation, The National reported.

Al Hamli said the Ministry of Labor was working with the Philippines to develop a pilot program that will strengthen government oversight in the process when migrant workers are recruited.

The UAE government was also working with Sri Lanka on the pre-employment, pre-departure and post-arrival procedures for migrant workers to stop abuse and exploitation.

“Our aim is to ensure that the UAE remains a beacon of aspiration for all, regardless of ethnicity, gender or religion. But we also want to inspire confidence that when things go wrong, residents will be treated fairly and with respect, and disputes are resolved quickly and cost-effectively,” Al Hamli said.