Pak-Korea Workshop on Employment Permit System

Founder Editor Tazeen Akhtar..

Islamabad (Staff Reporter) A two days “National Workshop on the Review and Implementation of the Inter-Ministerial MOU between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of Korea” organized by International Labor Organization (ILO), Government of Pakistan, Republic of Korea and Overseas Employment Cooperation (OEC) ended here today.

The purpose of the national training workshop was to update the information and knowledge of government administrators and trainers in Pakistan about the conditions of recruitment and employment of foreign workers in Korea, to identify gaps in the current system of EPS operations between ROK and Pakistan suggest ways to enhance the efficiency of the EPS system related to recruitment, pre-departure training, monitoring conditions of employment and implementation and to review challenges to the protection of migrant works and to provide suggestions to improve the system as well as to discuss ways to lead to greater diversification of occupations for Pakistani workers.

Under the auspices of the ILO/Korea Partnership Program, the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has initiated as series of policy dialogues and training activities on the management of labour migration undertaken in close collaboration with its Korean partner organizations. In this collaboration, the ILO has focused on strengthening the institutional and operational capacities of Asian countries of origin which have signed the memoranda of understanding with the Republic of Korea(ROK) on the implementation of its Employment Permit System(EPS) for migrant workers. Between 2009-2013, there have been a series of national workshops on the EPS arranged in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Kyrgyz Republic and most recently in Myanmar.

Saad Gilani, Officer-in–Charge, ILO Islamabad, Saad Ahmad Shaikh, MD Overseas Employment Corporation(OEC), Kim, Deputy Director, Human Resources Development Service of Korea, Munir Qureshi, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, Nilim Baruah, Regional Migration specialist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, ILO, Kim, Deputy Director, HRD Service of Korea, Jung-Keun Park, Expert of Occupational safety and Health, Decent work Technical Team, ILO, Mr. Lee, Manager, HRD Service of Korea, Arshad Sattar, Senior Member State Bank of Pakistan and Marianito D. Roque, former Secretary of Labour and employment Government of the Philipines spoke in the event.

23 Aug 2013