Despite a sharp decline in export of manpower over the past three years, the government has so far not been able to frame a new strategy to deal with the matter, which may undermine its plans to increase the inflow of remittances to $30 billion.
Its only response to a crisis-like situation is the setting up of a task force, but it will comprise the departments that are largely responsible for the decline in manpower export.
Also, there is a dispute between the Ministry of Federal Education and Training and the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Overseas Pakistanis over the ownership of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC). Under the rules of business, NAVTTC falls under the domain of the education ministry, but the human resource ministry wants to take its control, according to documents of the federal cabinet.
The government has not been able to appoint the head of Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) – the entity responsible for government-to-government contracts for the export of manpower. It also did not take on board Overseas Employment Promoters (OEPs) during prime minister’s recent visits to Gulf countries.
At a recent investment promotion conference in Qatar, the adviser to PM on commerce ignored the OEPs. There is also no follow-up to Qatar’s recent announcement to give 100,000 more jobs to the Pakistanis. But a human resource ministry official argued that it was not a new announcement as Qatar had already made the offer in 2015.