Pak-Italy to sign labour agreement soon: Jauhar

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Ambassador of Pakistan to Italy, Jauhar Saleem on Saturday expressed the hope that Pakistan and Italy would soon sign a labour agreement, which would provide employment opportunities to Pakistan’s skilled labor in the potential Italian market.

Documents are being exchanged between the two sides to finalize the labor agreement and positive news is expected soon, he said while talking to the media through video link from Rome.

In a media talk, Jauhar Saleem informed that a draft agreement has been shared with the Italian side in March 2022 and negotiations are expected to commence soon.

He said the labour agreement aims at providing comprehensive market access to Pakistani workers to the Italian labour market. Replying to a question, he said the embassy’s lobbying also helped in Pakistan being re-included in the Italian Seasonal Work Visa Program for 2021 and 2022, which would offer diverse opportunities to our workers in agriculture and services sectors.

Italy is expected to allow around seventy thousand seasonal workers from selected countries in 2022 to come to Italy for work, he said.