Pakistan sends technical staff to Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC), an attached department of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development would send technical staff to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the urgent basis.

An official source told APP here on Tuesday, that the Pakistani skilled labour demand is increasing in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and the government is taking various steps to send maximum skilled and unskilled labour to GCC.

He said that a leading client in Saudi Arabia has demanded services of workers for Cinema and Museum in the different fields including Museum Conservator, Museum Registrar, accessibility in education specialist, evaluation and research specialist, public services, program delivery support, back of house (technical services), library computer technical support, technical services cataloging and logistics, parking attendant, security specialist.

He said that interested candidate could apply till June 4, 2018. To a question he said that the country at the moment has own its strength of over 4 mln skilled manpower and 2.5mln among them meet international standards who can contribute significantly to the country’s economy through foreign remittance.

“Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain,Qatar, Libya, Malaysia and South Korea are identified potential countries for these drives through community welfare attaché by using OEC’s web portal.

“The campaigns via electronic media in Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) countries are not possible and for the purpose the events,conferences and road shows will be arranged there after consultation with the high commissions”, he further elaborated the plan.

He said OEC was seriously concerned over country’s human export decline and repatriation of skilled work.

The declined figures have come to 950,000, was highest in Pakistan’s history, from around 500,000 in last three years due to economic shifts in Gulf countries.

The release of amount, he said, would help to achieve advancement of direct communication and diplomatic channels, ensure qualitative training of workforce, up gradation of OEC’s infrastructure for expeditious processing and to make sure the repatriation of overseas was made as per work agreements.

He told that they also had moved a proposal regarding the addition of Rs 200 in existing Rs 2,000 Manpower Welfare Fund aimed at the welfare of overseas Pakistanis that was also under process.