KSA largest market for Pakistan workers

Updated 14 July 2016
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KSA largest market for Pakistan workers

JEDDAH: More than 1.6 million Pakistanis proceeded to Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2015 for employment purpose, making the country the largest market for Pakistani workers across the world.
This makes up 49.9 percent of Pakistanis who went abroad seeking jobs, according to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.
Nearly 1.3 million people (38.2 percent) proceeded to UAE for employment during the same period.
Oman was the third largest importer of Pakistani manpower and 0.26 million (7.6 percent) job-seekers proceeded to Oman during 2011-2015, Pakistani media quoted a ministry official as saying.
The illiterate and unskilled workers comprises around half of the total Pakistani migrant workers and only 1.76 percent workers are doing white collar jobs, the official said.
Among the skilled workers, drivers are in the highest number, followed by masons, carpenters and tailors.
Since 1971 till Dec. 2015, around 8.77 million Pakistanis proceeded abroad for employment through the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE).
Out of this total manpower exports, about 96 percent have proceeded only to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, one percent to European countries and three percent to other countries for employment during the same period.


FaceOf: Turki Al-Hokail, CEO of KSA's National Center for Privatization

Updated 1 min 29 sec ago
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FaceOf: Turki Al-Hokail, CEO of KSA's National Center for Privatization

  • He is a board member of the Saudi Aviation Holding Co.
  • Al-Hokail regularly contributes articles to the international and local press, is a frequent commentator on TV

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) approved a privatization program that aims to increase job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attract technologies and innovations, and support the country’s economy.

The National Center for Privatization (NCP), the body responsible for implementing the big state sell-off program, released details of its privatization plan after proposals were signed to transfer ports, hospitals, desalination plants, schools and sports clubs to the private sector. 

Turki Al-Hokail is the CEO and a board member of the NCP, reporting directly to CEDA and leading Vision 2030’s privatization goals and program. 

He is a board member of the Saudi Aviation Holding Co., a board member of the General Authority of Customs and a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. Prior to that, Al-Hokail served as an assistant deputy minister of Commerce and Investment for Foreign Trade. 

He also served as a senior economic adviser at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, as a senior adviser to the Supreme Economic Council at the Royal Court, a consultant at the World Bank, a senior manager of the Economic Research Studies Department of the MENA region at Banque Saudi Fransi and affiliate of Crédit Agricole CIB, and manager of the Economic Studies Department at the Saudi British Bank (SABB), an affiliate of HSBC Holdings Plc.

Al-Hokail regularly contributes articles to the international and local press, is a frequent commentator on TV and a regular participant in trade and economic conferences. He has published more than 150 reports on Saudi and regional economies in trade issues, business confidence indices and real estate/housing indices. 

He is a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Al-Hokail gained his M.A in international commerce, economics and public policy from George Mason University. 

He holds an executive certificate in strategic transformation policies from London Business School, an executive certificate in creativity and innovation management from Harvard Business School, and an executive certificate in negotiation and conflict management from the US Institute of Peace.