Careem is collaborating with the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis to work on ease of living and financial inclusion of Pakistanis working in Dubai. For this purpose, the top brass of Careem and Overseas Ministry of Pakistan hosted a meeting with Pakistani Captains, who formulate the highest number of Captains across the Gulf region.
The meeting was attended by Mudassir Sheikha, CEO, and Co-Founder of Careem along with Junaid Iqbal, Managing Director of Careem Pakistan and Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant of the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistan along with 50 Pakistani Captains working in Dubai.
Role of Overseas Pakistanis in economic stability
There are around 9 million Pakistani living out of Pakistan in a desire for economic prosperity, who have great support to Pakistan in terms of sending remittances via proper banking channel. This money has been the primary source of remittances in foreign exchange starved economy of Pakistan. Currently standing at 22 billion dollars, on average overseas Pakistanis are sending around 1.7 to 1.9 billion dollars a month. Among these remittances, 82 percent are received from 5 countries which are KSA UAE, USA, UK, and Malaysia.
Considering the importance of the remittances sent by the overseas Pakistanis, it is imperative that more steps are taken to ensure that problems being faced by them during travel to and fro from Pakistan, sending their earnings back to Pakistan and during their work away from home.
Commenting on the occasion Mudassir Sheikha, CEO, and Co-founder of Careem said:
“We were honored to host Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis at our HQ in Dubai. It gave us a valuable opportunity to discuss ways in which we can improve the lives of Pakistani Captains in the UAE and across the Gulf region.”
Steps being taken for expatriates working abroad
To further facilitate this collaboration and overseas Pakistanis working in these countries, Junaid Iqbal, the Managing Director of Careem Pakistan is working with the Ministry of Overseas to develop special promo codes for Pakistanis travel home. Furthermore, a team will be formulated to work with various governments in Gulf countries to increase the number of Pakistani expats.
Zulfiqar Bukhari, Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistan said on this occasion:
“The government tremendously values the contribution of overseas Pakistanis to the economy of Pakistan, and will take every measure to ease out their living outside of Pakistan, from the perspective of financial inclusion and investment back home“.
Careem is one of the largest ridesharing platforms operating in Pakistan and Gulf states, this step should ensure that living and working conditions of millions of Pakistani expatriates in these countries are up to mark and improve according to their experiences and feedback.
The story has been produced in collaboration with Careem and doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of TechJuice Editorial Staff.