KSA largest market for Pakistan workers

Updated 14 July 2016

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’s reform drive empowering women, US diplomat says

Updated 23 February 2020

Saudi Arabia’s reform drive empowering women, US diplomat says

  • Few outside Kingdom understand the scale of female empowerment, top US diplomat tells Arab News

RIYADH: Few people outside Saudi Arabia grasp the scale of the Kingdom’s reform drive, especially in empowering women, a leading US diplomat has told Arab News.

“I was reminded of this … by a prominent Saudi woman, who is happy and proud of the reforms,” said US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

“She made the excellent point that Saudi women have been strong, capable and educated for a long time.”

The woman told Ortagus that Saudi women wanted their peers in the US to understand them, not feel pity for them. “Saudi women are not in need of being rescued,” Ortagus said,

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Ortagus lived in Saudi Arabia for almost two years after she was appointed deputy US Treasury attache in 2010, and has been revisiting for the first time since then.

“It doesn’t even seem like the same country,” she said. “I didn’t recognize it. I couldn’t believe that it was the same diplomatic quarter that I used to live in 10 years ago — it is totally transformed.”

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Washington would always welcome Saudi input on Middle East issues, she said. “We’d love the Kingdom’s help on things like the peace plan and vision that Jared Kushner has laid out. It may not be a perfect plan, but if we’re ever going to have peace in this region, it’s going to come from Saudi Arabia getting in and being involved.”