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- Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - From Print Edition


TOKYO: South Korean government has assured Pakistan of increasing the number of Pakistani skilled and unskilled labourers in South Korea.


This is the first time that the South Korean government has announced hiring of Pakistani engineers and other professionals, said Sheikh Waqas Akram, Minister of State for Human Resources Development, while talking to reporters.


Akram visited South Korea along with Saeed Ahmed Shaikh, the Managing Director of Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC), from November 14 to 18.


He said that during his visit he met top officials of South Korean private companies, including KP Chemicals, a subsidiary of Lotte Group of South Korea, GM Korea, Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO) and Daelim Industrial Limited.


These companies showed interest in hiring Pakistani professionals, particularly engineers, either in Korea or for their operations abroad. They desired to hold further talks about this matter.


They also met with Vice Minister for Employment and Labour, the President of the Human Resources Development Services of Korea, the Executive Vice Chairmen of the Korea Small and Medium Business Federation and job and employment centres. Pakistani officials were assured that efforts would be made to enhance the number of Pakistani workers in South Korea. They appreciated the quality of Pakistani labour. During the meetings, the two-member delegation was accompanied by Shaukat Ali Mukadam, the Ambassador of Pakistan to South Korea.