‘Pakistan planning to send skilled workers to Kuwait’
‘Manpower MoU to be signed soon’
KUWAIT CITY, Sept 24: Pakistan is planning to send around 100,000 skilled workers to Kuwait with the aim of boosting its remittances, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a senior official from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development (OPHRD) who also confirmed that a formal request in this regard has been submitted to the concerned authorities in Kuwait.
Highlighting the ministry’s efforts in increasing remittances, the official pointed out that Pakistan has great workforce potential in all trades and its government is exploring new avenues to create jobs for skilled manpower in different countries. He said the Pakistani government also stepped up efforts for early signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pakistan and Kuwait to develop and streamline Pakistani manpower exported to the country.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari met with the labor minister of Kuwait on the sidelines of the Fifth Ministerial Session of Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD), during which they discussed the issues that Pakistani workers are facing, the official added.
The official clarified that even without the signing of a State-to-State MoU between Pakistan and Kuwait, the Pakistani workers can go to Kuwait for employment under the employer-employee agreement. He said the Pakistani government recently signed an agreement with Kuwait to send healthcare professionals to the Gulf country.
He confirmed that Kuwait already agreed to recruit as many as 444 Pakistani medical professionals including doctors, paramedics and nurses. Arrangements in this regard are being finalized to send the skilled workers to Kuwait at the earliest, he added.
He went on to say that so far, the particulars of some 80 medical professionals have been submitted to the Kuwaiti Embassy for finalization of their visas. “At the moment, we look forward to the finalization of some 300 medical professionals’ visas so that a special flight could be arranged for sending them to Kuwait,” he concluded.
Joy of graduation: A title was given to the high school and university graduates for year 2019/2020, as their academic path was linked to the COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted their graduation for several months, due to which a decision was taken to adopt e-learning, and canceling graduation ceremonies marking the end of the academic stage for thousands of students, reports AlRai Daily.
Due to the importance of documenting the moment of graduation and its memorable joy, Kuwait Virtual Graduation Ceremony project was launched for some 40,000 students from high school, universities and other institutes to celebrate them through virtual platforms in the presence of their parents, teachers and officials, in the creation of a unique experience and a national event.
A number of private universities went ahead to hold graduation ceremonies that were broadcast live via internet platforms, in keeping with the conditions imposed by the coronavirus crisis that prevent gatherings, as many students accepted to register in virtual parties to share the joy of graduation.