The Board of Governors of Overseas Pakistan Foundation (OPF) has decided to hold a convention of overseas Pakistanis in 2017 in which prominent members of the Pakistani diaspora including businessmen, philanthropists, professionals and Pakistani investors from all over the world will be invited.
The board decided to use potential of Pakistani diaspora to promote positive image of Pakistan and use the convention to also address concerns of Pakistani expatriates, says an official announcement.
During the meeting, the board also recommended to increase amount of Financial Aid Scheme from 250,000 rupees to 300,000 rupees per family with effect from the next financial year to provide more relief to destitute families of overseas Pakistanis who died abroad.
It was also recommended to increase the budget provision for Financial Aid Scheme from 200 million rupees to 240 million rupees per annum to provide the said relief from the next financial year.
Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Pir Syed Saddarudin Shah Rashadi chaired the Board meeting.
The meeting noted that overseas Pakistanis are an asset for Pakistan and their contribution to the economy of Pakistan, their role in the development of their host governments, their spirit of patriotism, their potential as Pakistani bridge to the outside world, make them uniquely placed as a stakeholder in the development and prosperity of Pakistan.
Accordingly, the present government attaches highest importance to address their concerns and to attract them to invest in Pakistan. The government desired to use potential of Pakistani expatriates to promote positive image of Pakistan.
Addressing the meeting, the minister praised the Pakistani expatriates for playing vital role in improving the economy of the country and said that they deserve special attention. He said that provision of more facilities and resolution of problems being faced by overseas Pakistanis is the top most priority of the government.
The Board reviewed the progress of various welfare and development activities being carried out for welfare of overseas Pakistanis and their dependents.