Pakistan signs LOI  with Saudia to Boost Employment Opportunities for Pakistani Workforce in KSA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Jawad Sohrab Malik undertook a visit to the renowned headquarters of the Al-Bawani holdings in Riyadh. Upon arrival, he received a warm welcome from Engr. Fakher Al-Shawaf, CEO/Chairman of Al Bawani Holdings. Accompanying SAPM Malik were key dignitaries, including HE Ambassador Ahmad Farooq, Community Welfare Attache, DG Emigration Mr. Akram Khawaja, and Joint Secretary Emigration Mr. Aurangzeb.

Al-Bawani Holdings, a diversified Saudi conglomerate, holds a substantial position among the top five general contracting entities in the construction sector. With an impressive portfolio of completing and delivering around 250 projects in Saudi Arabia, the company is presently engaged with world wide projects valued at billions of dollars. During the visit, SAPM Malik received a comprehensive briefing on Al Bawani’s ongoing projects.

Expressing confidence in the capabilities of Pakistani workers, SAPM, Jawad Sohrab Malik conveyed to the company Chairman that Pakistani workforce is well-trained and possess the necessary skills and knowledge, making them exceptionally suitable for construction work in KSA. This acknowledgment of Pakistani workforce competence led to a significant development — the signing of a Letter  of Intent (LOI) between the Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) and Al Bawani. This LOI establishes a fundamental legal framework to foster cooperation and coordination for mutual benefits, promising to unlock numerous job opportunities for Pakistani professionals and workers in the near future. Apart from signing LOI, Al-Bawani Holdings reaffirmed its commitment to establish state of the art HR training center in Pakistan, with purpose to further train and equip Pakistani workforce with skills required, as per international standards. SAPM emphasized that this endeavor will amplify job prospects for the Pakistani workforce globally.

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