Negotiations with different countries underway for export of manpower, Senate told

Islamabad: The Senate was informed Tuesday that the government is holding negotiations with different countries including Italy‚ Ecuador and Ukraine for export of manpower.

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi told the house during question hour that the government is exploring employment opportunities for its skilled and unskilled workers abroad and MoUs in this regard have already been signed with Qatar and Libya.

He said over 2.6 million people went abroad for employment through overseas employment promoters or on self arrangement during the last five and a half years.

Minister of State for Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said due process is followed in registration of drugs and medicines. She said a committee has been constituted which will work in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies to curb the menace of fake and counterfeit medicines.

A quality cell has also been established in the drug regulatory authority to ensure quality of medicines. We also want to bring a solid policy within six months or one year on quality of medicines.

Minister of State for Education and Training Balighur Rehman informed the house that the higher education commission has awarded 2528 scholarships from the public sector development program during the last five years.

Out of these‚ 2121 scholarships were awarded to male scholars and 407 to female. He said the higher education commission has put in place a transparent mechanism to award the scholarships.

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