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600 Pakistanis start overseas careers post-landmark agreements

SAPM indicates more overseas jobs in healthcare, engineering, ICT, hospitality, finance, construction fields

By Web Desk
February 11, 2024
Group photo of Pakistani professionals ready to depart abroad on international careers in this undated photo taken from a video. — Facebook/JawadSohrabMalik
Group photo of Pakistani professionals ready to depart abroad on international careers in this undated photo taken from a video. — Facebook/JawadSohrabMalik

First batch of 600 Pakistani professionals have departed abroad on international careers under the Pakistani government’s strategic employment agreements with global partners.

This departure marks a "significant milestone" in the initiative led by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, underscoring Pakistan’s commitment to enhancing global employment opportunities for its workforce, the ministry said in a statement.

"The initiative, under the guidance of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Jawad Sohrab Malik has seen the fruition of agreements signed merely 90 days ago."

"This effort has opened thousands of job avenues across diverse sectors for Pakistani professionals, reflecting the country's proactive engagement on the international stage," the statement read.

Departing from major cities including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar, the professionals expressed gratitude for the seamless process facilitated by the government.

Their departure, witnessed by families and ministry officials, with Malik personally seeing off Islamabad's contingent, illustrates the government’s dedication to supporting its citizens’ aspirations.

"The initial batch of 600 professionals marks just the beginning," the statement said, noting that this figure is set to rise substantially as global employers continue to conduct interviews and select candidates on a daily basis.

The success of this initiative, it said, reflects not only on the number of job placements but also on the swift timeline of execution: from signing agreements to deploying the workforce abroad, all processes were completed within a remarkable 90-day window.

It is pertinent to mention that these are only those candidates selected through the Governments Overseas Employment Corporation(OEC) and private Overseas Employment promoters have also made stride due to their agreements.

To date, with 50 international agreements yielding over 10,000 interviews, this initiative has culminated in the selection of 600 candidates ready to showcase Pakistan's skilled workforce globally.

The caretaker PM’s aide emphasised the critical role of continuous engagement with nations like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and European countries, alongside participation in global expos and meetups, in securing these opportunities.

The synergy between public and private sectors has been pivotal, with the government issuing licenses to private Overseas Employment Promoters, enhancing the scope for Pakistanis to access international job markets.

A notable milestone in these endeavours was Pakistan's first-ever participation in an international HR expo in Riyadh, led by the SAPM. This historic engagement resulted in the signing of many deals, further expanding global job opportunities for Pakistanis and marking a significant achievement in the country's international employment outreach.

Looking ahead, Malik shared the promising outlook of placing demands with 46 additional employers, indicating thousands of forthcoming job opportunities. Fields such as healthcare, engineering, information and communications technology (ICT), hospitality, finance, and construction are seeing daily interviews, with numerous candidates being selected for international careers.

The ministry is on the cusp of finalising further agreements, aiming to double the current number to 100 within weeks, thereby broadening the spectrum of opportunities for the Pakistani workforce across all skill levels.

Malik reiterated the profound impact of overseas employment on improving living standards for Pakistani families and contributing to national economic stability through remittances.

In conclusion, the efforts led by the SAPM and the ministry have set a new benchmark for rapid and successful implementation of international employment initiatives. This milestone heralds a promising future for Pakistani professionals seeking opportunities abroad, reinforcing the nation's position on the global employment stage.