MoC Signed To Enable Skilled Pakistani Workforce To Enter Japan’s Labor Market

MOP&HRD officials also discussed opening a language testing facility.


On December the 23th, 2019 Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis Secretary and Human Resource Development Aamir Hassan and Japanese Ambassador signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), which approves sending Pakistani workers to multiple Japanese sectors.

14 Japanese Sectors:

Under the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC), Pakistani workers with relevant skills will be able to access 14 Japanese areas, which include construction, information technology, nursing, manufacturing, and engineering.

Mutual Agreement To Activate The MoC:

Officials of MOP&HRD met with representatives of the Japanese Government and have mutually agreed to activate the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC). The arrangement is set to bridge the gap between the two nations.

During the signing phase, the Japanese ambassador said that Japan is creating a new working visa regime as it’s expecting to welcome up to 340,000 skilled workers from across the world, including Pakistan.

Japanese Testing Facility:

MOP&HRD officials also discussed opening a language testing facility that will import desired skills to Pakistani workers. They will also provide an Overseas Employment Promoters list to Japan.

Pakistan has already agreed on a similar arrangement with the Government of South Korea. The agreement requires potential job seekers from Pakistan to learn Korean and qualify in skill tests.

The Japanese ambassador said that they needed to sign the framework as Japan was facing a severe shortage of workers due to an aging society and rapidly decreasing population. He further noted that MoC is a big step for Japan-Pak friendship.

The arrangement will not only provide jobs but eventually help the students pursue their education in Japan, besides encouraging people-to-people exchanges.

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