Pakistan Asks Saudi Arabia To Increase Manpower Quota In multi-billion dollar Taif City Project

Pakistan is in talks with the kingdom’s authorities to look into opportunities that can boost Pakistani manpower export to the country.

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The Pakistani government has formally asked the Saudi Arabia authorities to increase the quota of Pakistani workforce in New Taif City, a multi-billion dollar project.

According to an official, Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, requested the Saudi government to increase Pakistani manpower’s quota in the project.

The official further told that the request was conveyed by Mr. Bukhari during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, where he then held discussions with the kingdom’s authorities to look into opportunities that can boost Pakistani manpower export to the country.

He stated that the goal of this project was to construct a new airport, develop Okaz City, and establish technical oasis, university, residential areas and industrial city in New Taif.

MUSANED:

Saudi Arabia had previously also given an offer for the export of Pakistani manpower through Musaned. Musaned is a digital platform that was launched by Saudi Arabia to help in the recruitment of labors and make sure they get their deserved rights.
Pakistan would send its workforce through Musaned shortly, as the process might take some months.

Other than Saudi Arabia, he said that Overseas Ministry was coming up with a plan that’ll help link its digital portal with UAE, which will help in setting up direct links between its foreign employers and the workforce.

This will help decrease the middleman’s role in overseas employment and help in training the country’s workforce as per the needs of the international market.

UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) had offered the labor market’s database access to Pakistan, which would give the latest information about open job vacancies in the Emirates.

Further on, the official stated that Pakistan was fully prepared to join its web portal with UAE that would offer more and better jobs to Pakistani youth. As per him, MOHRE had agreed to start the joint committee that was formed for the implementing of Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed recently to ensure that the Pakistani workers were getting their rights, and resolving their legal job differences in UAE.

As per the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, 568,464 Pakistanis have been registered for overseas employment from September 2018 to September 2019. Likewise, 424,867 Pakistanis also went abroad for numerous job assignments during the period under the observation of 2017.

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