Berlin, 1 March 2023 (TDI): Pakistan and Germany’s Federal Employment Agency signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to enhance Skilled Labor Mobility in Berlin, on Tuesday.
The Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany, Muhammad Faisal signed the LoI on behalf of the Government of Pakistan. Similarly, Steffen Sottung, Managing Director of International Relations signed on behalf of the Federal Employment Agency.
The purpose of LoI is to explore potential fields of cooperation to promote Skilled Labor Mobility for the mutual benefit of both countries. Pakistan possesses huge potential as a great number of its population is associated with various skills and labor.
On the other hand, Germany needs skilled manpower in sectors including hospitality, health, construction, and Information Technology (IT).
The LoI will promote an exchange of expertise on legal pathways, skill requirements recognition of Pakistani qualifications in Germany, and improving information and counseling services for skilled Pakistani migrant workers.
In this vein, the Overseas Employment Corporation of Pakistan and the Federal Employment Agency of Germany would collaborate to devise future guidelines for the execution of the LoI.
Ambassador Faisal reiterated that the agreement is one of the key steps and a testimony to the cordial relations that Pakistan and Germany enjoy. It will strengthen the ties between both countries further.
Pakistan-Germany diplomatic relations
Both countries have enjoyed close and diverse relations since 1951. Germany is represented by an Embassy in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, and a Consulate General in the country’s business hub, Karachi.
Similarly, Pakistan has an Embassy in Berlin. The Goethe Institut in Karachi, together with an associate partner and accredited Goethe Zentrum in Lahore (Annemarie Schimmel-Haus), is the major actor in cultural relations, offering cultural programs and language courses.
Germany is one of the most popular destinations for young Pakistani researchers wishing to pursue a Ph.D., along with the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and Australia.
More than 4000 young people from Pakistan are currently studying in Germany. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is providing scholarships for Pakistani students to pursue their higher education in German institutes.
Additionally, The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and the Hanns Seidel Foundation are working in Pakistan.
These organizations support projects in the fields of strengthening democratic institutions, promoting human rights and empowering women, tackling climate change, deradicalization, regional cooperation, and media work, among others.