PM on manpower export

CARETAKER Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk has directed Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development to engage with the foreign countries, particularly in the Gulf region, for increasing employment opportunities for Pakistani workers. During a briefing on Thursday, he was informed that a total of 10.2 million expatriates immigrated during the period of 2009 to 2018, mainly to Gulf countries, as skilled and unskilled labour.
At a time when Pakistan is facing financial and foreign exchange crunch, remittances by Overseas Pakistanis, which have touched the mark of $19 billion, are a great source of strength for the economy. However, there are reports that on the one hand the pace of export of manpower to other countries has slowed down and on the other hand workers from some countries are being sent back in different contexts and various reasons. The demand for manpower is there in different parts of the world especially the Gulf but unfortunately we have not kept ourselves apace with the changing requirements. We have been making tall claims about imparting market skills to the manpower but the quality issues are there and as a result we lose in competition with other countries. Our missions in major manpower importing countries are not as active as their counterparts from India, BD, Thailand or the Philippines are. Similarly, our manpower export sector including official Overseas Employment Corporation and private promoters are also to be blamed for ignoring requirements of their clients and sending non-eligible persons on recommendations, connections or financial considerations. The Ministry ought to give consideration to these and other related issues to tap full manpower potential that also has the potential to address financial woes of the country.

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