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.


Saudi Arabia and Red Sea, Gulf of Aden states reach agreement to establish entity of cooperation

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Saudi Arabia and Red Sea, Gulf of Aden states reach agreement to establish entity of cooperation

  • Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh
  • Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Wednesday sought to establish an entity of cooperation with six countries bordering the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, a strategic area vital to global shipping.

Representatives from Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Jordan gathered in Riyadh on Wednesday to discuss the initiative. 

A team of experts is expected to meet “soon” in Cairo for technical talks.

“This is part of the Kingdom's efforts to protect its interests and those of its neighbours and ... to stabilise the region that we live in and to try to create synergies between the various countries,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters after a day of meetings.

“The more cooperation and coordination that you have among the countries of this region, the less negative outside influence will be on this region," he added.

Eritrea and Ethiopia were not present at the meeting.

The Red Sea also includes the Bab Al-Mandeb strait, through which oil is shipped towards Europe, the US and Asia. In recent years the waterway has been targeted by Iranian-backed Houthi militants from Yemen.

Al-Jubeir said the meeting also discussed boosting trade and conserving the environment.

Saudi Arabia has announced several mega-projects along the Red Sea, including a $500 billion business zone shared with Egypt and Jordan as well as a luxury tourism destination.