Islamabad- Pakistan has been elected as regular member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization. Elections took place virtually at the 109th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva. Pakistan is among the four newly elected Regular members from Asia-Pacific Group for the term 2021-2024.
The Governing Body is the premier policy and decision-making body of the ILO, composed of 56 Regular members.
This election result illustrates the trust reposed by the international community in Pakistan’s strong leadership credentials.
Pakistan joins the Governing Body at a time when the World of Work has been hit hard. Mitigating the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and revival of economic growth necessitates enhanced international cooperation, dialogue and assistance.
Pakistan will work with members of the GB and other constituents towards human-centred economic recovery, enhanced productive capacity and employment generation.
On the other, SAPM Sayed Zulfiqar Bukhari announced on Monday that Pakistan had become a regional ‘Manpower Export Leader’ despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a tweet from the ministry, more than 224,705 Pakistanis went abroad for employment in 2020 as compared to 217,699 from Bangladesh and 94,145 from India.
In May, Kuwait revoked the ban on work visas for Pakistani workers which had been in place since 2011.
The decision was taken to immediately restore family and business visas for Pakistan. It was also decided that Kuwaiti visas will now be issued to Pakistani workers as per the agreement.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan praised overseas Pakistanis for sending a record $2.8 billion in remittances in April.
“I have always believed Overseas Pakistanis to be our greatest asset,” the premier said in a Twitter post today.
“In April, your remittances rose to an all-time high of $2.8bn. Remitting $24.2bn in the first 10 months of FY21, you have broken the record level achieved in the entire FY20,” he said and added.