Qatari officials have informed Pakistan that the Visa Facilitation Centres in Karachi and Islamabad will be fully operational by the end of December.
A Qatari delegation led by Director Management of Recruitment Support Services, Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Muhanadi met Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, Especial Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources, at his office.
During the meeting, the dignitaries discussed Qatar’s proposal of offering 100,000 jobs to Pakistanis.
The delegation informed Bukhari that establishment of Visa Facilitation Centres would accelerate the visa process adding that the employers will pay the fees incurred during the process. It said that Pakistani workers would be protected under the wages protection system of Qatar.
Major Abdullah said they had directed Qatari recruitment agencies to pursue 100,000 jobs drive and hire more and more Pakistani labor.
He said the agencies would organize workshops to hire the skilled labor from Pakistan.
Bukhari suggested forming a joint working team that could categorize Pakistani labor on the basis of skills. The team will also help to systemize the hiring process and make it smoother from both ends, he proposed.
PM Assistant requested to create more jobs besides the previous proposal of 100,000 jobs to adjust Pakistani labor returning from Saudi Arabia.
He also suggested the delegation to establish Visa Facilitation Centre in Peshawar and Lahore.
The delegation assured Bukhari that they will bring up the matter with their government and will revert back soon.
Major Abdullah also extended an invitation to the PM Assistant to visit Qatar.