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Pakistan To Digitally Connect Workforce Portal With UAE
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By ARSALAN KHATTAK On OCT 19, 2019
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Ever since taking the charge of Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfiqar Bukhari better known as Zulfi Bukhari has taken numerous steps to facilitate overseas Pakistanis. Now, the Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis has taken one more step to facilitate the country’s workforce.

The Special Assistant to PM, in a meeting with UAE’s officials, has agreed on digitally connecting the country’s workforce portal with the United Arab Emirates.

Zulfi Bukhari in a meeting with Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization of the UAE, Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, proposed the idea. Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli agreed to the idea proposed and the two ministers also agreed on taking further steps to implement the idea.



Talking on the occasion, Zulfiqar Bukhari stated that digital connectivity will have an important role in the improvement of job opportunities for Pakistani nationals in the brotherly country. The SAPM went on to add that the recent decision taken by the two sides will not just decrease the recruitment costs but it will also prove to be fast and transparent.
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The two sides also agreed on strengthening the long-standing relationship between the two countries. Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli acknowledged the vital role Pakistanis have played in the development of UAE.

Moreover, Zulfiqar Bukhari and Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli also stressed on the implementation of the recently signed MoU in the field of manpower between Pakistan and UAE.

Zulfiqar Bukhari is on a visit to the UAE where he is attending 5th Ministerial Consultations of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD). The meeting between the two officials took place in the sidelines of the conference.
 

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Saudi, UAE offer Pakistan access to their labor market databases

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October 19, 2019


Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development, Syed Zulifqar Abbas Bukhari Speaking at the Fifth Ministerial Consultation of Abu Dhabi Dialogue on regional migration and HRD on October 17, 2019.

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have offered to open up their digital labor databases to Pakistan to boost the export of labor from Pakistan to both Gulf countries, Syed Zulifqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistan and Human Resource Development, told Arab News from Dubai.

The offer was extended by UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE), Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, during a meeting with Bukhari on the sidelines of the 5th ministerial session of Abu Dubai Dialogue held in Dubai last week.

“UAE offered linkage to its ‘virtual labor market database’, and Saudi Arabia has also extended an offer to Pakistan to send domestic workers to the Kingdom through new identity of the electronic home labor program, ‘Musaned,’” Bukhari said and added that the process would be complete in the next three months.

“Pakistan welcomed this, as this would help us in reducing unemployed Pakistanis in both the countries,” he said.

The initiative looks to provide Pakistan with up-to-date information about job opportunities in the labor market in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and gives valuable information regarding demand for different skills overseas.

Bukhari said the Saudi database also included new and other services developed to preserve the rights of the employer and the worker.

“Pakistan has agreed to connect this with its own digital portal,” he added.

Over 2.7 million Pakistanis live in Saudi Arabia and remit nearly $6 billion home every year. Additionally,1.6 million Pakistanis live in the UAE and are the second largest national group there, constituting 12.5% of the country’s total population.

“Pakistan wants to integrate its digital platform with UAE MOHRE to minimize the cost of recruitment and to make it fair, efficient, transparent, as Pakistan is digitally ready for this collaboration,” Bukhari said.

General Secretary of Pakistan Workers Foundation, Zahoor Awan, welcomed the move, saying it would result in “direct access” between workers and employers.

“Digitalization will help workers find jobs as employers will have direct access to them,” Awan told Arab News, and said the database would reduce the exploitation of workers by middle-men.

“The agents used to loot workers through tall claims about jobs in UAE but this step will lessen their troubles. The technology will provide digital information to employers about their availability and skills. They will contact them directly which will reduce fraud and exploitation,” he said.

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“Pakistan has agreed to connect this with its own digital portal,” he added.
“Pakistan wants to integrate its digital platform with UAE MOHRE to minimize the cost of recruitment and to make it fair, efficient, transparent, as Pakistan is digitally ready for this collaboration,” Bukhari said.
Which Pakistani platform is this?
 

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In a bid to minimize the middle-man’s role in overseas employment, Pakistan is planning to link up its digital portal with Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) for connecting its workforce with employers in the gulf states. Besides, bolstering the export of Pakistan manpower to the Middle Eastern countries, the move will help the country to train its workforce as per the markets’ demand, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari told the foreign media during his recent visit to the UAE.

He said UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) had offered its labour market’s database access to Pakistan which would provide up-dated information of job opportunities in the Emirates. “Pakistan is digitally ready to connect its own job portal with the UAE’s,” he said while pointing out that the digital connectivity would help Pakistanis in getting better employment opportunities in UAE. Zulfikar Bukhari said the MOHRE had agreed to activate the joint committee, formed for implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding recently signed to ensure the protection of Pakistani workers' rights and resolving their legal job disputes in the Emirates.

Besides the UAE, he said Saudi Arabia had also extended an offer to Pakistan for exporting its manpower through ‘Musaned’- a new identity of the electronic home programme. The process would be completed within three months, he added. ‘Musaned’ is a digital platform launched by Saudi Arabia to facilitate the labours recruitment process and ensure their rights protection. The Special Assistant said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government stood with its promise of providing respectable jobs to the youth at local and international level, adding, the country's economy was moving in the right direction under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Overseas Ministry had been fostering relations with brotherly countries to stabilize the country's economy by sending more and more workforce abroad, Zulfikar Bukhari remarked. He said the government had been taking practical measures to create job opportunities for youth within the country and abroad. The export of manpower witnessed 51 per cent increase during first seven months of the PTI government, he added.

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