Overseas Pakistanis asset of country: PM

Facilitating the expatriate skilled workers & labourers is top most priority, PM Imran Khan


​ Our Correspondent June 24, 2020
Facilitating the expatriate skilled workers & labourers is top most priority, PM Imran Khan PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday declared that the overseas Pakistanis were the assets of the country.

The premier said that facilitating the expatriate skilled workers, labourers and others not only in remittances but in all departments was the top most priority of the government.

The prime minister made these remarks while presiding over a meeting which mulled ways to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis in terms of remittances.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari informed the meeting that around one million citizens had moved abroad in the last 18 months.

He observed that despite the Covid-19 situation, remittances to Pakistan as compared to other countries in the region had improved.

“Last year, in May, the remittances were $20.1 billion. On the other hand, despite four months of coronavirus, the remittances in May this year were recorded at $20.5 billion,” he said.

The premier said that keeping in view the employment opportunities abroad, special attention should be paid to whet the skills of technical persons so that they could utilise their talent to the fullest.

He directed Finance Adviser Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and State Bank of Pakistan Governor Reza Baqir to finalise the remittance incentive package at the earliest.

Finance Adviser Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Commerce Adviser Abdul Razzak Dawood, SAPMs Zulfiqar Bukhari and Shahbaz Gill, finance secretary and other senior officials attended the meeting.

State Bank of Pakistan Governor Reza Baqir and deputy governor participated in the meeting through video link.

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