Careem to Facilitate Pakistani Expatriates: PM Advisor

Careem Pakistan’s CEO, Junaid Iqbal, has met with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development, Zulfi Bukhari, to confer over the ever-growing online market space, the role of government to regularize e-businesses, and the facilitation of Pakistani expatriates.

They also discussed ways to facilitate the Pakistan expatriates in and outside the country. Both agreed to create a mechanism to facilitate the expats with Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) cards.

PM’s advisor also said that the ride hailing service should give discounts to the expats when they are in Pakistan. Moreover, he also said that Careem can also provide training and employment to the labor force returning to the country.


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The meeting also discussed the online payment system for remittances. Careem’s CEO suggested a new online payment system for remittances which will enable expats to invest their money in products and receive returns on it.

He said that he is committed to facilitating the expats in Pakistan across all domains. He informed Bukhari that 80 percent of Careem captains have Pakistani origins. Whereas in Saudi Arabia, 8 percent of the limo drivers are Pakistani and they are responsible for 20 percent of the Careem rides.

The CEO then apprised Bukhari regarding the problems Careem has faced regarding route permits, tax, and licensing. PM’s advisor said that online business needs to be regularized and the government is working on that.

Junaid also agreed that there should be e-laws to regulate all forms of online businesses.

Via: The News