ISLAMABAD – Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis has drafted first ever National Policy for Overseas Pakistanis with a focus on maximizing welfare and empowerment of Pakistani diaspora working in different countries across the globe.

The draft Policy was presented for a review in a national consultative workshop organized jointly by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and the International Labour Organization (ILO) here in Islamabad. The Consultative Workshop was chaired by Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr. Farooq Sattar.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Malik Ammad Khan was the guest of honour.  Apart from that, the representatives from all relevant Government Ministries, Academia, Civil Society and UN Agencies participated.

Addressing the workshop, the Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Dr Farooq Sattar said this policy has firm roots in people of Pakistan and it recognizes a great contribution of Overseas Pakistanis to the national building. He said that through this policy, the role of OPs in development of Pakistan becomes inevitable.

He highlighted a number of schemes for OPS in the country including Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), Housing Societies for Ops, Pakistan Remittances Initiative (PRI), Foreign Exchange Remittance Card (FERC) and preferential education facilities for siblings of Ops.

Earlier the Federal Secretary Overseas Pakistanis, Nadeem Ashraf said the draft Policy is a major step in increasing welfare and empowerment of OPs, which speaks about social protection, legal aid, right to vote and representation of OPs in parliament. The Country Director ILO-Islamabad, Francesco d’Ovidio gave an overview of the situation of Migrant Workers in the world and in the Region. 

He said that Pakistan is 6th largest labour force in the world with a majority of young population.

He also informed that Pakistan is 3rd in Asia having highest number of youth aspiring to work abroad.