Finance Minister Asad Umar chaired a high-level meeting here on Monday to discuss possible measures to promote remittances through formal channels.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Zulfiqar Bukhari also attended the meeting.
The meeting deliberated upon the issues and problems faced by the Pakistani diaspora in sending their remittances to Pakistan through formal banking channels. The issues among others included lack of banking facilities for the workers abroad and the hawala-hundi mafia took advantage of this deficiency, the meeting was told.
The various stakeholders attending the meeting highlighted the procedural and technical improvements that could facilitate the use of formal banking channels for remittances.
The Finance Minister tasked the Overseas Pakistanis Division to carry out a comprehensive survey of Pakistan labour force’s export destinations as well as their areas of origin in Pakistan.
He entrusted the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) with the task to devise a mechanism for the opening of bank accounts by all Pakistani workers, both at home and the country of their employment with the facility of debit card.
He asked Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to finalize proposals/incentives for promoting remittances through formal channels. Further, he directed NADRA to present a concrete proposal on its technology-based initiatives on the issue.
The minister directed that all concerned must share with him their proposals, complete in all respects, at the next meeting.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, Overseas Pakistanis Division, FBR, SBP, NADRA, NBP and others attended the meeting.