Kuwait has signed a government-to-government bilateral framework agreement with Pakistan to hire its healthcare professionals on a regular basis, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari has said.
“We [have] signed an agreement with the government of Kuwait to send an increased number of Pakistani doctors, nurses and paramedics to work there,” Bukhari tweeted.
He also expressed gratitude to the government of Kuwait for recruiting Pakistani medical professionals on a priority basis. “I thank our Kuwaiti brothers for preferring Pakistani healthcare professionals. This is a big step towards bringing our two great countries further closer,” the SAPM said.
He also shared the news release of Pakistan’s Embassy in Kuwait, which confirmed the development.
According to the release, the agreement was signed by Kuwaiti Undersecretary Ministry of Health Dr Mustafa Ridha and Pakistani Ambassador Syed Sajjad Haider on behalf of Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) at the Ministry of Health of Kuwait.
The cooperation agreement would institutionalise the recruitment of healthcare professionals from Pakistan for Kuwait on a regular basis as per the requirements of Kuwait’s Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s International Health Relations Department Director Dr Rehab Al Watyan was quoted by Kuwait’s state news agency as saying that the agreement would enhance cooperation between the medical community of Pakistan and Kuwait and “would provide an opportunity to benefit from their experiences in dealing with disasters and epidemics, and to address the COVID-19 epidemic”.