ISLAMABAD: Amid rapid outflow of Pakistani manpower to various countries in search of jobs, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Monday said steps should be taken to increase employment opportunities for skilled people abroad.
Presiding over a meeting of the federal cabinet, the prime minister said that professional education and vocational training programmes should be prepared on a par with needs of the international markets.
According to a press release of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Mr Kakar stressed the need for starting the work for providing skills to the country’s manpower according to contemporary requirements.
A large number of people are leaving abroad to seek employment there. The major reason behind this massive outflow of the labour force is said to be unprecedented inflation in the country.
Five-day polio drive launched, to target 44m kids
On the recommendation of federal ministry of education and professional training, the cabinet approved an amended agreement between National Vocational and Technical Training Commission and Saudi Agency Takamol.
It also approved the MoU between the Area Studies Center, University of Peshawar, and Central Asia Research Centre of Corvinus, University of Hungary.
The cabinet also approved the appointment of Lt-Gen Munir Afsar as the Nadra chairman.
The cabinet also approved the name of Summit Bank Limited as Bank Mukarramah Limited on the recommendation of the finance ministry.
The cabinet also approved an agreement between the governments of Pakistan and Ecuador, under which diplomatic, officials and special passport holders of the two countries would be exempt from visa requirements.
The cabinet also gave assent to the decisions taken in the meetings of the Economic Coordination Committee on Sept 6 and Sept 19.
Earlier, the PM launched a five-day polio vaccination drive targeting around 44 million children across the country.
Speaking on the occasion, the PM said 350,000 polio workers would participate in the drive to administer anti-polio vaccine drops to 44 million children aged 0-5 years.
He termed the polio workers the nation’s heroes who braved challenges while making the anti-polio drive successful. He also mentioned the support of international partners for eradication of polio from Pakistan.
Published in Dawn, October 3rd, 2023