Overseas employees help in searching out suitable overseas jobs: Ayub Afridi

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Rawalpindi ,  (Parliament Time) : Adviser to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Ayub Afridi on Friday vowed to make true the Prime Minister’s vision of providing jobs to the youth as government of Pakistan is in the contact with the European and Gulf countries for seeking maximum number of job opportunities for the Pakistani workforce.

He expressed these views while addressing to office bearers and members of Pakistan Overseas Employment Promoters Association (POEPA) during a special meeting held here on Friday. Among others, the Director General Immigration Bureau Mr. Waseem Barak Ullah and Chief Executive Officer of Knight Human Management (KHM) Shalaan Pakistan Mr. Khalid Nawaz were also present on the occasion.

He said the overseas employment promoters were the partner and forefront workers of the government in finding overseas jobs and recruiting the suitable persons for the same. “Overseas Employment Promoters are a vanguard in this regard who will have to play a bigger role in the coming months by becoming a more active partner in the government’s efforts to provide employment opportunities abroad”, he added. He said the problems being faced by the promoters shall be addressed and special measures will be taken to appreciate the promoter’s efforts, including special events to encourage them and the distribution of certificates and prizes among the top performers.

He said that we are not only making practical efforts to provide more and more employment opportunities to Pakistani workers but also ensure protection of the rights of our compatriots abroad.

Chief Executive Officer of KHM Mr. Khalid Nawaz apprised the adviser of different issues to be resolved on emergent basis. Stressing on formulating a comprehensive policy for overseas promoters, he pointed out problems like registration of immigrants, their life insurance policy and other related issues and demanded that additional staff of outer concerned departments might be deputed to ease the candidates. He said that training of Pakistani youth should be made mandatory at least one week before departure for employment abroad so that they become aware of the laws and social traditions of their destination countries. Khalid Nawaz further said that a good number of job opportunities for Pakistani workforce in Poland and Romania are in the offing on which KHM is working. “In the next coming days, the process of sending Pakistani workforce to these countries will be started”, he mentioned.

Officials of the association also put forward similar suggestions on which the Adviser to the Prime Minister said that practical steps would be taken to implement these suggestions.