Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari inaugurated Naya Pakistan Calling which is a web portal at the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) head office on Wednesday. In continuation of PM Imran Khan’s 100 day agenda on revitalising economic growth, OPF under the guidance of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development in a landmark initiative, launched the online web portal where overseas Pakistanis will get themselves registered and contribute towards the betterment of Pakistan. While addressing the inaugural ceremony, Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari highlighted the importance the prime minister lays on the role of overseas Pakistanis in the nations’ development and invited notable overseas Pakistani professionals to contribute in the making of naya Pakistan. He further added that this initiative is envisaged to be a platform for overseas Pakistanis wherein their services will be utilised for the betterment of Pakistan. Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development federal secretary during his address explained how overseas Pakistanis can register online through OPF’s web portal at www.opf.org.pk. After having been identified as a potential resource, they shall then be involved in the strategic decision making to help steer the country towards progress by placing them as members of the boards of public sector institutions, authorities and commissions at federal and provincial levels. OPF Managing Director Dr Amer Sheikh labelled the Naya Pakistan Calling web portal as a database comprising of professional profiles of overseas Pakistanis, accessible to all stakeholders. He further added that a country’s diaspora is a huge asset for its economic development and a channel through which not only remittances, but also technical knowledge flows. They are also a potential source of opportunities for trade, investment, innovation and professional networks. This is the exact reason why the government of Pakistan has labelled the overseas Pakistanis as a “national asset” that will help play an important role in contributing positively to the country’s economic growth and prosperity through their expertise and professional experience. Published in Daily Times, November 15th 2018.