Changes in technology necessitate a variety of talents, a Pakistani envoy tells Abu Dhabi Dialogue.


ISLAMABAD: According to Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, technological advancements are altering the demand for a variety of talents, and creative solutions to these shifting labor needs are desperately needed.

Speaking on Sunday during the final ministerial meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue, Mr. Tirmizi stated that it is now necessary to diversify skill sets and engage in ways that will foster partnerships for skills mobility.

The Abu Dhabi Dialogue, which was founded in 2008 as a platform for communication and cooperation between Asian countries of labor origin and destination, is currently chaired by Pakistan. The goal of the dialogue is to facilitate safe, orderly, and regular labor migration to some of the major countries in the world that experience temporary labor migration.

According to the ambassador, the platform was crucial in developing the idea that it is the shared duty of labor-sending and labor-receiving nations to safeguard the rights of migrant workers.

The Abu Dhabi Dialogue serves as more than just a venue for debating different methods to managing temporary labor migration in policy. According to him, it is essential to the conception, formulation, and management of pilot initiatives and programs aimed at enhancing labor migration governance.

The need for creative solutions to adapt to shifting labor demands is emphasized.

Technology is becoming a more significant factor in the governance of labor mobility. The ADD platform, in particular, presented the possibility of developing workable answers to the problems that face us today. These problems include making the hiring process more transparent, bringing down hiring expenses, developing platforms for organizing workers, and facilitating information exchange between different authorities to enhance oversight during the migration cycle.

The envoy listed a number of obstacles that member states had to overcome in order to create a fully functional, regional digital labor platform.

The technology needed to develop a platform of this kind is widely accessible, but there are three main obstacles to overcome:

  • coordinating regulatory standards amongst member states and then integrating present national IT systems
  • dealing with concerns about data sovereignty, hosting, and security
  • dividing up the costs and fees.

He stated that the system needed to be designed to be resilient to unforeseen shocks to the system, quickly adapt to changing specifications, and structured in accordance with established goals and policies in order to address these problems.

Mr. Tirmizi praised the forum’s efforts to highlight women in green occupations and the fact that they can close crucial skill gaps in sectors like renewable energy. “Natural disasters like floods and climate change are the most serious issues that have highlighted the importance of teamwork to reduce losses and rebuild better,” he stated. The results of COP28, which the UAE presided over, have reinforced the necessity of addressing this issue.

The ambassador expressed gratitude to the Abu Dhabi Dialogue secretariat for its assistance throughout the tenure of the current chair. Under Pakistan’s chairmanship, the Abu Dhabi Dialogue participated actively in a number of international forums. The forum executed two noteworthy projects as part of its active engagement in the International Migration Review Forum, which is one of its remarkable contributions.


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