LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that there is a big demand for skilled manpower in gulf countries and lakhs of trained workers can be sent from Punjab to the Gulf States during next few years. He constituted a steering committee headed by Provincial Minister for Labour for formulating recommendations in this regard.

He was addressing a high level meeting through video link at Civil Secretariat. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that lakhs of skilled workers are required in the gulf countries for Football World Cup in Qatar and Dubai Expo.

He said that there is a need for paying special attention to imparting quality training to skilled workforce by the concerned departments and such courses should be arranged for the youth as are in demand in these countries. The Chief Minister directed that skilled workforce be developed keeping in view the market needs.

He said that concerned departments should contact foreign embassies to acquire information about genuine demands for skilled workers and devise a future strategy in this regard. The Chief Minister said that due attention should be paid to preparing skilled manpower in order to meet local needs as well as that of foreign countries.

The meeting reviewed in detail the proposals for sending skilled workers to gulf countries from Pakistan especially Punjab. Provincial Minister for Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Assembly Members Saira Iftikhar, Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora, Secretaries of Finance, Planning & Development and Labour Departments, Chairman TEVTA, Chairman PVTC and concerned officers were present.