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File 21/1911 Pt 2 'Aden Protectorate:- Recruitment of coolies for employment in British East Africa.' [‎90r] (139/166)

The record is made up of 1 item. It was created in Dec 1912- Jun 1913. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The Under Secretary of State for India
India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. .
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Sir,
We, the undersigned, representing the coast planta
tion interests of British East Africa have the honour to
submit to you a proposal for utilizing the resources of
Southern Arabia to supplement the East African labour
supply which is at present inadequate to our needs. The
rapid opening up of this colony during the past decade
has led to an influx of settlers into the highland re
gions, a great extension of public works, and the invest
ment of a great deal of Capital in plantations in the
coastal area of rubber,sisal cotton and, other tropical
produce. This development has naturally caused a corres
ponding increase in the demand for unskilled labour, so
much so that the supply available, which is dependent
largely on the native tribes of the interior being brought
into close touch with the government, necessarily a grad
ual process, has failed to keep pace with the demand for
it; and though it is considered probable that the natives
of the protectorate itself will eventually prove sufficient
for all requirements, a severe shortage exists at the
present time. Important government undertakings have
had to be suspended in consequence. Several large planta
tions are approaching the producing stage and unless
Hv-C - vT; ° .sufficient labour is forthcoming to work them those who
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The papers concern the recruitment of natives of the Aden Protectorate to work as labourers ('coolies') in commercial plantations in British East Africa.

The papers include: a request to the Colonial Office from representatives of several rubber and fibre companies for the supply of labourers from Somaliland to work in plantations on the coast of British East Africa, November-December 1912 (folios 98-103); discussion of a request from the above-mentioned companies to the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. to obtain the labourers from the tribes of the Aden hinterland, December 1912 (folios 83-97); further discussion by British officials of both proposals, December 1912 - January 1913 (folios 72-82); agreement to the proposed recruitment in the Aden Protectorate, January-February 1913 (folios 51-70); papers concerning the necessary regulations and terms of employment, February-May 1913 (folios 28-50); and the text of a letter from the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Aden to the Sultan of the Abdali, setting out the terms on which labour would be recruited, April-June 1913 (folios 22-27).

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File 21/1911 Pt 2 'Aden Protectorate:- Recruitment of coolies for employment in British East Africa.' [‎90r] (139/166), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/190/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100035497808.0x0000b9> [accessed 4 April 2020]

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