From the start of 2020, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has facilitated 90,000 Pakistanis in securing jobs in the international labor market.
A senior officer in the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE) told APP:
This is a good start for ‘2020’ and it seems that we will accomplish the target of 750,000 set for the current year.
He further added that the foreign remittances, sent by Pakistani expatriates, help boost the country’s foreign exchange reserves (FER). He said that over 63% growth in manpower export was observed during the last year as 625,203 Pakistanis went abroad for employment in multiple trades as compared to 382,439 in 2018.
He hopes that the government will achieve the $24 billion target of foreign remittance for the current financial year. The officer said the government has introduced a comprehensive plan to boost the flow of foreign remittances in the country by providing incentives to the Pakistani expatriates for using legal channels to send money to their homes. The idea was worked out by a committee on remittances chaired by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance & Revenue Hafeez Sheikh.
An initiative will be launched shortly as the overseas ministry had suggested that the plan should be implemented before Ramazan, due to the high flow of remittances from Pakistani expatriates on the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Under the initiative, a card will be issued to emigrants to give them multiple incentives like concession in air tickets and permission for bringing some extra quantity of luggage against the approved weight and two mobile phones.
The cardholder families might be offered some packages on purchasing edible items from the utility stores, he added.
He said an expatriate will get the incentives against some points that he/she earned on swiping the card for the transfer of remittances.