ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: As the International Labour Day is being observed on Sunday, President Dr. Arif Alvi has paid tribute to the working men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices and contributions to the socio-economic development of Pakistan.
In his message on Labour Day, the president said that this day symbolizes the strength, character, talent and dedication of Pakistani workforce towards making our country a prosperous and progressive nation in the world.
The president said that the nation owes a debt of gratitude to all the labourers who gave their sweat and blood during Pakistan’s development process and helped the Country to move on the road to socio-economic development.
“On this day, Pakistan reiterates its commitment to provide an enabling environment and a higher standard of living for all workers and their families,” he said.
President Arif Alvi said that our belief in the dignity of labour is stronger than ever and we are cognizant that only a prosperous and satisfied workforce can contribute towards the economic development of the Country.
“I am glad that Pakistan has taken a number of steps for the welfare of its labour force by providing them health insurance, food, shelter and financial assistance through social protection programmes, and raising the minimum wage,” he said.
The president further said that as you are aware, today’s world is highly competitive and our only way forward is to have a workforce which is equipped with the latest technical and vocational skills.
Dr. Arif Alvi added that Pakistan needs to focus on the skill development of its workforce so as to fully reap the dividends of emerging economic opportunities in the wake of increased regional integration.
The president said that we are also aware that much needs to be done and that the endeavour to provide due rights to all workers requires consistent focus and attention.
“I once again greet the workers all across Pakistan and pray for their future well-being and prosperity. May Allah be with us all. Ameen!,” he concluded.