Permintaan akan Pekerja di Negara-negara Teluk Tetap Kuat Meskipun Kekacauandan Kemunduran Ekonomi Global di Arab Saudi Terus terjadi

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HONG KONG, 27 Juni 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

Western Union meneliti negara Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Arab Saudi dan
Uni Emirat Arab menunjukkan kemajuan positif

Meskipun kekacauan politik dan kemunduran ekonomi global yang terus
terjadi, permintaan akan pekerja asing tetap tinggi di kawasan Teluk, menurut
studi yang disponsori oleh Western Union (NYSE:WU), pemimpin dalam layanan
transfer uang dan pembayaran global.

“Walaupun gejolak politik dan kerusuhan sipil di beberapa bagian Timur
Tengah dan Afrika Utara, kawasan ini tetap melihat pertumbuhan yang moderat,
dan di Negara Teluk bahkan ada kepentingan yang lebih kuat bagi pertumbuhan
ekonomi berkelanjutan dan memenuhi kebutuhan sosial. Kami berharap adanya
peluang untuk para pekerja internasional untuk tetap kuat dan dengan arus
pembayaran uang dari negara pengirim ke negara penerima,” kata Jean-Claude
Farah, Wakil Presiden Senior Western Union di Timur Tengah dan Afrika.

“Kawasan Asia Pasifik menjadi sumber penting tenaga kerja untuk negara
Teluk — yang dipimpin oleh India, Filipina, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia, Thailand dan Nepal. Studi ini harus menanamkan kepercayaan yang lebih
besar untuk pekerja global yang mencari pekerjaan di negara tersebut,” ujar
Drina Yue, Direktur Pelaksana dan Wakil Presiden Senior, Asia Pasifik.

Studi yang disponsori Western Union, “The Economic Impact of the Uprisings
in the MENA Region”, mengumumkan bahwa perkiraan ekonomi untuk negara-negara
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) lebih baik dibandingkan dengan kawasan Middle
East North Africa Region (MENA) secara keseluruhan, dan faktanya memang
positif. Negara-negara GCC yaitu Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Arab Saudi dan
Uni Emirat Arab (UAE).

Penulis utama studi ini, Dr. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim, Profesor Ekonomi di
Cairo University, mengumumkan bahwa pertumbuhan PDB riil di GCC diharapkan akan
tetap kuat meskipun adanya kekacauan jangka pendek, dari basis 3,1% hingga 20%
pada tahun 2011.

Untuk membaca tabel “Real GDP growth rates in GCC countries,” silakan klik
disini ( http://www.prnasia.com/sa/attachment/2012/06/2012062711362477247.pdf ).

Dr. Ghoneim juga mengatakan bahwa negara-negara di kawasan ini memiliki
paparan terbatas pada krisis keuangan internasional. “Secara relatif, krisis
keuangan dan minyak serta harga pangan yang meningkat hanya memiliki dampak
kecil pada ekonomi MENA, karena integrasi mereka yang terbatas ke perekonomian
dunia, ia menambahkan, namun negara Teluk menghadapi tekanan inflasi yang cukup
ringan dari pengeluaran sosial yang meningkat.

Di kawasan MENA, Dr. Ghoneim mengungkapkan, pasar tenaga kerja tengah
menghadapi jenis masalah yang berbeda, tetapi “migrasi dan pembayaran uang
merupakan hal biasa” untuk tingkat pengangguran yang tinggi di beberapa negara
di kawasan ini dan kebutuhan bagi pekerja untuk pertumbuhan berkelanjutan di
negara lainnya.

Tentang Western Union

Perusahaan Western Union (NYSE:WU) adalah pemimpin pada layanan pembayaran
global. Bersama dengan layanan pembayaran merek Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago
Facil, dan Western Union Business Solutions, Western Union memberi para
konsumen dan bisnis cara yang cepat, handal dan nyaman untuk mengirim dan
menerima uang di seluruh dunia, serta mengirim pembayaran dan membeli pesanan
uang. Layanan merek Western Union, Vigo, dan Orlandi Valuta ditawarkan melalui
perpaduan jaringan dari 470.000 kantor cabang yang berlokasi di 200 negara dan
wilayah (Catatan 2). Pada tahun 2010, Perusahaan Western Union telah
menyelesaikan transaksi 214 juta konsumen ke konsumen lainnya di seluruh dunia,
meningkat menjadi US$76 miliar pengiriman utama antar konsumen, dan 405 miliar
pembayaran bisnis.

Seluruh laporan ini tersedia sesuai permintaan:

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, silakan hubungi:

Grayling
Bruce Shu
Ponsel: +852-9132-2906

Western Union
Pia de Lima
Wakil Presiden, Komunikasi Perusahaan, Asia Pasifik
Tel: +852-3405-8091
pia.delima@westernunion.com

SUMBER: Western Union


Demand for Workers in Gulf Countries Remains Strong Despite Arab Spring and Global Economic Slowdown

HONG KONG, Jun. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ —

Western Union study states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE prospects positive

Despite regional political turmoil and the continuing global economic slowdown, demand for foreign workers remains high in the Gulf region, according to a study sponsored by Western Union (NYSE:WU), a leader in money transfer and global payment services.

“Despite the political uprisings and civil unrest in some parts of the Middle East and North Africa, the region is still witnessing moderate growth, and in the Gulf countries there is an even stronger imperative to sustain economic growth and meet social needs. We expect opportunities for international workers to remain strong and with that remittance flows from host to home countries,” said Jean-Claude Farah, Western Union’s Senior Vice President for the Middle East and Africa

“The Asia Pacific region has been a significant source of labour for Gulf countries — led by India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand and Nepal. This study should instill greater confidence for global workers seeking employment in these countries,” said Drina Yue, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific.

The Western Union-sponsored study, “The Economic Impact of the Uprisings in the MENA Region”, said that economic forecasts for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are much better than those for the Middle East North Africa region (MENA) as a whole, and in fact have been positive. The GCC countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The study’s lead author, Dr. Ahmed Farouk Ghoneim, Professor of Economics at Cairo University, said that real GDP growth in the GCC was expected to remain strong despite short-term disturbances, from a base of 3.1% to 20% in 2011.

To read table of “Real GDP growth rates in GCC countries”, please click here ( http://www.prnasia.com/sa/attachment/2012/06/2012062711362477247.pdf ).

Dr Ghoneim also said that region’s countries have limited exposure to the international financial crisis. “In relative terms, the financial crisis and oil and food price increases have had only mild effects on MENA economies, owing to their limited integration into the world economy,” he said, adding, however, that Gulf countries did face modest inflationary pressures from increased social spending.

Within the MENA region, Dr. Ghoneim said, labour markets are facing different types of problems, but “migration and remittances constitute a common cure” for high unemployment in some countries of the region and the need for workers to sustain growth in others.

About Western Union:

The Western Union Company is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. The Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services are offered through a combined network of approximately 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In 2011, The Western Union Company completed 226 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving US$81 billion of principal between consumers, and completed 425 million business payments.

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For more information, please contact:

Grayling
Bruce Shu
Mobile: +852-9132-2906

Western Union
Pia de Lima
Vice President, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific
Tel: +852-3405-8091
pia.delima@westernunion.com

SOURCE: Western Union