Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the international community on Wednesday to formulate a comprehensive strategy to protect the most vulnerable groups of society, especially workers, from Covid-19.
Imran pointed out at the ILO Global Summit on Covid-19 and the World of Work that many countries, including Pakistan, rely on remittances from overseas workers.
He added: “Although the host country also faces many problems due to coronavirus, we need to convince them to be more sympathetic to these workers.”
Imran emphasized that the blockade hits these workers the hardest.
He said: “The future is very uncertain because we don’t know how long it will take for the economy to recover from the impact of the pandemic.” He added that before finding a vaccine, the international community will need to share experience and exchange ideas to Protect vulnerable groups.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan shared Pakistan’s initial blockade experience, saying that it made daily-paid workers and workers unemployed.
He added: “Therefore, we came up with a clever blockade idea, under which public gatherings were stopped, but we allowed other activities, such as reopening the construction and agricultural sectors.”
Imran also clarified the Ehsaas plan, under which the government provided cash assistance to workers after completing the worker registration process.
He said: “This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that such a huge amount of money has been paid in such a short period of time,” he emphasized, which freed the country from the worst impact of the blockade.
He said: “In the history of this country, there has never been a person who has transferred so much money in a short period of time.” “This freed us from some of the worst aspects of the crisis. Unlike India, they imposed a curfew, which caused people to fall into Deeper poverty.”
The Prime Minister continued: “No one can be sure when the coronavirus will end. We are all praying that a vaccine against this virus will be coming soon, but at the same time, uncertainty remains.”
He said: “Small and medium-sized enterprises are most affected by the virus and employ the most labor, which is why we need to come up with ideas to solve their problems,” he said.
When talking about overseas workers, the Prime Minister said that a collective strategy is needed to tell other countries to sympathize with these workers. He said: “We need some common strategies to see how we can’mitigate the impact on laborers around the world’.”
“We want to share ideas with the world; we would love to know what other countries are doing. Pakistan will provide other countries with the latest news on the situation and how we plan to move forward.” “I’m sure that exchange of ideas will help us solve problems .”