The Gulf state of Qatar would hire 30,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers from Pakistan this year.
In this regard, both sides signed an additional protocol pertaining to the existing labour agreement, which was inked between the two countries in 1987.
A labour agreement signed in 1987 was to regulate export of manpower to the State of Qatar.
The agreement was signed by Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah and visiting Qatar Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Dr Sultan Bin Hassan al Dhabit al Dousari.
This agreement will provide an opportunity for more people to be accommodated in Qatar and also in rehabilitating those Pakistanis whose contracts expire subsequently.
It will also help those workers who after the expiry of their contract or otherwise, will be able to get their full benefits in terms of social security, ages or any other emoluments being their legal dues.
Under the articles of the additional protocol signed today, it will be a step forward ensuring additional employment opportunities in the State of Qatar and it will be reviewed once a year through a joint committee to facilitate Pakistanis workers.
Later, talking to media, the minister said that around 75,000 Pakistanis are working in Qatar so far. Under this agreement, he said that we would send 30,000 workers to Qatar in 2008.
Khursheed Shah said that I would soon visit Qatar to discuss matters relating to export of IT experts, doctors and engineers.
He said Qatar is demanding skilled manpower but we are facing a shortage of trained workers due to discontinuation in policies during last many years.
However, the government is making a plan to set up more vocational institutes countrywide to train workers to meet requirements of international labour markets, he added.
He said the government is also making a comprehensive plan to curb child labour through education and financial aid.
Khursheed Ahmed Shah, who is also the minister for Religious Affairs, said that he would visit Saudi Arabia today Monday to discuss Hajj policy with the Saudi government. The new Hajj policy would be announced in near future.
He said that Hajj would be expensive this year due to growing oil prices in the international oil market.
Source: The News, 5/5/2008