ISLAMABAD    -  The Overseas Pakistanis Foun­dation (OPF) in line with the vision of Prime Minis­ter Shehbaz Sharif is building the capacity of return­ee migrants and providing them with trade-specific tool-kits as an in-kind support to help them start sus­tained self-employment in the country. 

A ceremony was organized here under the OPF’s Pak–German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC) where tool-kits were handed over to 80 re­turning migrants in the fields of electrician, plumb­er, carpenter, and mason. The returnee migrants had also completed comprehensive business develop­ment training from PGFRC in their selected trades.

The activity was part of the OPF efforts to support returning migrants to make a new start in Pakistan and achieve a sustainable employment.

OPF was implementing a program on econom­ic reintegration of returnees in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusamme­narbeit (GIZ) in Pakistan. It is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & De­velopment Germany, (BMZ) and was part of BMZ support for voluntary return and sustainable rein­tegration. 

On the occasion, OPF Managing Director Dr Amer Sheikh said that a memorandum of understanding between German and Pakistan governments had been formalized in a bid to support the returnee migrants. 

He said this arrangement would support in coun­selling and introducing the employment or entrepre­neurship measures. 

GIZ Country Director Tobias Becker said that the PGFRC was playing a critical role in enhancing the ca­pacity of returnee migrants and reducing the unem­ployment rate in Pakistan.

Moreover, he said, it not only helps to contribute to the better life and wellness of returning migrants but also achieve the Agenda 2030 as well as Sustainable Development Goals.