ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP): The government is taking steps to send over 1600 workforce to South Korea during 2010-12, official said.Talking to APP here on Monday, Managing Director of Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) Jhangir Alam Chohan, said the workforce was being exported under the agreement reached with the Korean government here recently. He said along with Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khurshed Ahmed Shah held a detailed meeting with Jung-ill-Sung, Director General Human Resource Development, Services of Korea and discussed issues pertaining to export of skilled labour force from Pakistan.
He said the government would conduct skill assessment training course for workforce and prepare to export to Korea. He said the OEC is the only department in the country that is sending the workforce to Korea the other export agencies are illegal and public should avoid them. Jhangir Chohan said that OEC has sent 1619 workers for employment to South Korea during the last two years and the MoU was renewed for the term of two years. He said that the examination of Korean language would be held in November 2010 adding that over 10,000 people have already completed the course of the language. Chohan said 12 Korean language centres are working across the country and it is the four-month course with Rs. 3200 fee. The MD, OEC said Korea has already signed MoUs with 15 countries for labours, but Pakistan is the country which is providing majority of workforce. To a question, Jhangir Chohan said over 900 doctors have been selected for Saudi Arabia while 320 medical doctors have been sent to Saudi Kingdom and the remaining would be sent soon. Chohan informed that OEC would send 112 employment to Libya in the construction sector, while over fifty doctors have been selected for Maldives. He said OEC is sending the workforce to various countries including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Maldives, South Korea, and other countries.