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PSDF has conducted a comprehensive study on the opportunities and challenges faced by Pakistani labour in accessing skills-based employment opportunities in the Gulf countries. Pakistanis have been historically going to the Gulf countries for work and remittances from the Gulf countries constitute about 60% of the total remittances. Based on the key findings of the Report on the changing employment landscape in the Gulf and steps Pakistan needs to take to guard its employment market share and remittances, the Conference has been organized to debate and make recommendations on the following key topics:

  1. Future of skills in the world of 4th Industrial Revolution. How to Make our youth Future-Ready
  2. Skilled Employment Space in the Gulf. Identifying the Opportunities & Employer Needs
  3. Beyond Technical Skills. What other factors improve Job-Readiness
  4. Role of Overseas Employment Promoters (OPEs) . What role should they play
  5. Role of Policy & Legislation in Improving labour export. What needs to change


Tentative Panelist :

Guest NameDesignation - OrganisationCountry
Ali JafferGlobal COO - GenerationUSA
Patrick MortonDeputy COO - GenerationUSA
AndreaCorporate Director HR- RotanaAbu Dhabi
Dirk SchmautzerLead - Mckinsey Edu PracticeDubai
IFC Head
Steffen WilsonAtlantisDubai
ZonesCorpAbu Dhabi
Majd AhsanHead of Retail - Al-FuttainDubai
Iqbal KhalidChairman Infinity Group/Ravi AutosPakistan
Taimur DawoodDesconPakistan
Ahmed Shafiq COTHMPakistan
Saqib ShiraziHonda AtlasPakistan


Tentative Agenda :
Sr. No Event Topic Sub – Topics Panellist Moderator & Time slot
Introduction by CEO,
Also need to keep a slot for the Chairman 5 – 7 mins
Declaring an emergency on skills Jawad 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
1 Future of skills in the 4th Industrial Revolution and automation
Introductory paragraphs needs to be drafted on all topics
A How can Pakis ensure future readiness? Priorities ?
B Pace of automation in industry in Pak? When will it hit us ? What needs to change Saqib Shirazi – Honda Atlas – Manufacturer Someone from services sector Jawad 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
C How are training providers gearing up for this Large TSP Manf and Service
D Role of technology in Agriculture and its impact on agricultural practices Someone from Agri sector –
TEA BREAK 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
2 Skills space in the Gulf
Introductory paragraphs needs to be drafted on all topics
A Emerging, big sectors in the Gulf that require skilled manpower. Do we understand growth opp in Gulf ? What preparation is needed beyond core skills? Dirk from Mckinsey
B Future of unskilled manpower going to gulf and how is that changing now in the favour of more skilled workers n where are they coming from Jawad 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
**Taimur Dawood can be invited in this panel as Descon does O&G work in the Gulf and 100% certifications needed. Also invite Majd Ahsan Al-Futtaim in this panel for retail….. Need to invite someone from construction
C What are the key source markets and why ? What is your exp with Pakistan? Rotana panelist on service industry
D Role & significance of certifications for employers in Gulf – How do the national qualification framework of the gulf countires clashes with that of Pak? Other host countries. Dynamics of NQF and cert. Someone from ZonesCorp
3 Beyond Technical Skills
Introductory paragraphs needs to be drafted on all topics
A Ali Jaffer Generation Jawad
12:30 p.m – 1:15 p.m.
B Steffen Alantis panelist on service industry
C Sig of soft skills in pak Iqbal Khalid INFINITY Group
D Sig of soft skills in pak Ahmed Shafiq COTHM
LUNCH BREAK 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 pm.
PSDF LOGO UNVIELING 2:15 p.m.. – 2:30 p.m.
4 Role of overseas employment promoters & how can that be improved
Introductory paragraphs needs to be drafted on all topics
A Janejo or Janjua from OPF
B Mansol Jawad
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 pm.
C Aisam JMS
D ???
LUNCH BREAK 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 pm.
5 Outcome Document