Pakistan and Saudi Arabia Collaborate to Boost Workforce for Vision 2030

In a significant development that promises to strengthen ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD), Jawad Sohrab Malik, has proposed a plan to increase the Pakistani workforce in Saudi Arabia. This proposal aligns with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030, an initiative aimed at diversifying and enhancing the Saudi economy.

The Proposal

During a meeting with Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Malik proposed that the Kingdom employ a substantial number of Pakistani workers to contribute to the Saudi Vision 2030. This proposal could significantly increase the number of Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia, further strengthening the economic ties between the two countries.

Approximately 5 million Pakistanis travel to Saudi Arabia annually, serving various roles across the country's industries. Malik noted the potential for this number to surge even higher, possibly reaching over one million, considering the diverse skill sets and labour force Pakistan can offer.

The Potential Impact

The Pakistani workforce spans from skilled professionals to semi-skilled and unskilled labourers, all of whom play a crucial role in helping Saudi Arabia meet its diverse workforce needs. Malik emphasized Pakistan's ability to supply more than one million individuals with various skills, aligning with the job opportunities created by Saudi Vision 2030.

He informed the Saudi envoy of the Pakistani government's efforts to build a skilled Labour Force Pool, effectively tapping into the immense potential of the country's youth in areas such as digitization, services, and tourism. This initiative by the Pakistani government aims to prepare its youth for future job markets and ensure they are equipped with skills that are in demand globally.

The Response

In response to Malik's proposal, Ambassador Al-Malki expressed support and acknowledged the vital role Pakistani workers can play in successfully implementing Saudi Vision 2030 and diversifying the Saudi economy. This recognition from KSA is a testament to the value and potential of Pakistan's labour force.

Gratitude Expressed

Malik expressed his gratitude to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his unwavering support to Pakistan in various economic, strategic, and bilateral matters. He highlighted the dynamic and visionary leadership of the Kingdom, which has been instrumental in fostering strong relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The Way Forward

Both sides agreed to further explore possibilities for creating new employment opportunities for Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia. A forthcoming meeting in Saudi Arabia will bring together Malik with high-ranking officials from KSA. These discussions aim to solidify collaboration between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in enhancing manpower resources for Saudi Vision 2030.

This collaboration sets the stage for a brighter future for both nations. It promises economic growth and fosters cultural exchange and mutual understanding.


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