Pakistan to support women migrants as ADD chair: Bakhtyar

Pakistan to support women migrants as ADD chair: Bakhtyar

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minis-ter for Industries & Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has said that Pakistan will actively support the participation of women migrant workers in the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) member states.
Pakistan on Wednesday formally assumed the chairmanship of ADB for next two years (2022-23). ADD is a communication and cooperation forum between Asian states of labour origin and destination “With the active support of other member states, we will continue prioritising the participation of women migrant workers in ADD labour markets,” Bakhtyar said during the ongoing summit of 18 nations to boost cooperation for Asia-GCC labour migration at Dubai.
The latest estimates from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggest that Arab states, Asia and the Pacific each host about 24 million migrant workers, which, in total, amount to 28.5 percent of all migrant workers in the world. The Dialogue engages seven Asian countries of labour destinations and eleven countries of origin. The UAE is hosting a permanent secretariat to the forum. In his keynote speech, the Minister expressed his gratitude to Government of UAE for hosting the summit and thanked the member states, especially Government of Nepal, for reposing their confidence in Pakistan by electing it new chair for the next term. He said that the government had laid special emphasis on the wellbeing and welfare of Overseas Pakistanis and introduced many policy reforms for the same.
Bakhtyar stated that our migrant workers would bring pride to our nation and are considered an effective bridge between their countries of destination and Pakistan. The Minister lauded the UAE’s leadership and said that Pakistan would try its best to build an effective action plan on the foundation already laid by the pervious Chair. Speaking to the ministers of member states and senior officials at summit, the Minister set out a vision for a new era of regional collaboration, and said that legal migration, universal skill development and certification as well as job and social security of workers would remain main focus of efforts of Pakistan during term as chair of the Dialogue. He expressed hope that Pakistan would be guided by collective wisdom of all member states in achieving common goals of the forum. While commenting on strategies to meet the emerging challenges, the Minister urged to identify and plug the gaps on both demand and supply sides. He stressed the need for special focus on the skill upgradation of the available work force to meet the new requirements. For that, he proposed collective agreement upon some mutually accepted standards and certification with help of international stakeholders. The Minister called to make serious efforts to bridge the gaps through encouragement of legal migration and policy level support to new migrants to save innocent people from the exploiters and traffickers. He reiterated that Pakistan has always used this platform for mutual benefit and would carry on with its efforts to serve everyone in the region during its term as chair of the Dialogue.