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Pakistan to soon launch “Foreign Minister’s Portal” for its diaspora

FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that he would soon launch a "Foreign Minister's Portal" exclusively for the Pakistani diaspora.

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In a tweet, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that he would soon launch a “Foreign Minister’s Portal” to strengthen the relationship between overseas Pakistani’s and missions.

He tweeted, “Pleased to share I will soon be launching the #FMPortal under #VisionFO thought leadership platform. The portal has been crafted with the aim of strengthening the relationship between our overseas Pakistani’s and missions in the form of feedback, complaints & suggestions.”

In another tweet, he further detailed that “In its pilot phase, #FMPortal will be introduced to missions & diaspora in Jeddah, Dubai, Barcelona, ​​London & New York & will then be scaled to include all missions. Look forward to personally engaging with diaspora feedback and suggestions for more efficient service & progress.”

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He also said, “I am looking forward to personally engaging with diaspora feedback and suggestions for more efficient service and progress.”

Shabat Ali Shah, CEO of the National Information Technology Board that designed and built the app, tweeted, “One of the most important platforms #FMPortal for overseas Pakistanis to be launched by @SMQureshiPTI in the next few weeks. The objective is to resolve all complaints right at the doorstep of our diaspora.”

The government has been on a drive recently to appease Overseas Pakistani’s through multiple schemes. One such notable mention is the Roshan Digital Accounts service launched to make it easier for overseas Pakistanis to participate in the country’s economy and finance sector. 

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The Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Raza Baqir, stated that the name ‘Roshan’ was chosen to complement the Overseas Pakistanis who have done amazing things abroad.

According to the State Bank of Pakistan, in April 2021, the workers’ remittances rose to an all-time monthly high of $2.8 billion, 56 percent higher than the remittances of the same month last year.

Showing a growth of 29 percent over the same period last year, these remittances surpassed previous records, reaching $24.2 billion during the first ten months of the current fiscal year.

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The highest amount of remittances have been recorded from Saudi Arabia at $3.96 billion, compared to $3.17 billion in the corresponding period last year — a growth of 24.6 percent. The UAE comes second right after.

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