ISLAMABAD (Daily Pakistan Online) Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Tori has said that the government is working on allocation of quota for overseas employment promoters to increase the export of manpower because the government has this year. A target of deporting 1 million people has been set. He said that he is looking for new markets for the export of manpower and has visited several countries including Romania, Portugal and Greece in this regard. He said that Malta, Poland, Hungary, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq have also shown interest in importing manpower from Pakistan and reached understanding with many of them in this regard. The memorandum is being signed. He expressed these views while addressing the business community on the occasion of his visit to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sajid Hussain Turi said that there are more than 4700 overseas employment promoters in Pakistan out of which about 2200 are active. He emphasized that overseas employment promoters should play their role in promoting the export of manpower and the government would facilitate them. He announced that overseas employment promoters would be included in the external delegations of his ministry to explore new avenues of manpower export.
He said that protector offices will be opened in Islamabad, Sukkur, Abbottabad, Bannu and Gilgit-Baltistan to facilitate overseas employment promoters in promoting the export of manpower. A new policy is being made for community welfare attachés to give them community welfare targets and play an active role in solving the problems of overseas Pakistanis. He assured that efforts will be made to solve the problems identified by the business community.
Speaking on the occasion, President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari said that Pakistan is facing a shortage of foreign exchange reserves and promoting the export of manpower will increase remittances and foreign exchange. Reserves will be better. Senior Vice President of the Chamber Fad Waheed, Senior Vice Chairman of Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association Hafiz Faheem Iqbal, Vice Chairman Asad Hafeez Kayani, Zafar Bakhtawari, Mian Shaukat Masood, Dildar Abbasi, Zia Qureshi, Athar Iqbal, Khurshid Barlas and others were also present. Apprised the Federal Minister about the various problems of overseas employment promoters related to Newtech, OPF, Bureau of Immigration, EOBI and Workers Welfare Fund and emphasized the need for their resolution.