Overseas Employment Opportunities and Employment Promotion Strategies
Author: Muhammad Umer Latif

The adjustment of the labor force is a central objective of every public policy. Pakistan has 60.9 million total labor force of which 3.58 million is unemployed which makes unemployment rate about 5.9%. Pakistan is ranked 9th in the world according to the labor force (Economic Survey, 2016-17). The adjustment of this uprising labor force is an issue of great concern for Pakistan economy. This study explores the ways of the adjustment of our labor force in the Middle East. The Middle East is going to become a hub of future economic activities. This study has attempted to investigate the required skills for mega projects in the Middle East. This study is descriptive in nature and it reviews and summarizes the information that is found on online resources. The Data for this study are collected through online resources, policy documents, and interviews. The respondents of the study are officials of ministries which are related to overseas, academics and parliamentarians. In-depth interviews are conducted and responses are recorded. Findings reveal that US$ 3.9 trillion worth projects are coming in Gulf countries. They will be needed manpower for these projects. There is a list of projects which are coming and also skills which these projects are needed. So, it’s the best time to make new contracts with these countries and adjust the unemployed labor force. The stakeholders during the interview verified that the new policy is also not sufficient for tackling this problem, so we have to make new policy efficiently because we have time to revise it. Supervisor:- Dr. Atiq-ur-Rehman

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Keywords : Labor Force, Labor Skills and Remittances, Overseas Policy, Unemployment
Supervisor: Atiq Ur Rahman

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