Japan to sign MoU for import of skilled Pakistani manpower

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ISLAMABAD: Japan will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad on Monday December 23 for import of skilled Pakistani manpower in fourteen different sectors.

This was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minster on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari during an online interactive session with the expatriates in Islamabad. He said the MoU will enable Pakistanis to work in construction, information technology, nursing, manufacturing, engineering and others sectors.

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda met Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari in Islamabad for a pre-discussion on the MoU to be signed on Monday. Both dignitaries discussed a wide range of issues related to trade, tourism and manpower.

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The ambassador said that Japan will build a network, in collaboration with language universities in Pakistan and carry out three to six months language proficiency course with e-learning facilities for far flung areas so as to accommodate maximum number of Pakistanis to work in Japan.

While acknowledging the diligence and social conduct, the ambassador showed his highest gratitude towards 25,000 Pakistanis residing and working in Japan. He further added that Japan is encouraging foreign workers mostly from ASEAN region who are predominantly Muslims and requested Pakistan to assist Japan in creating a comfortable environment for Muslim workers in Japan.

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The ambassador also stressed on encouraging bilateral trade and tourism, and facilitating the process by introducing flights to Karachi via Bangkok from Japan.

Zulfikar Bukhari informed the ambassador of the government efforts towards improving tourism in Pakistan and hurdles faced by Pakistan tourists in the process of obtaining Japanese Visa.

The ambassador assured to carry foward the matter with Japan Travel Bureau in Japan and showed his willingness to enhance Japanese tourists visiting Pakistan.

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