Lahore - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry office-bearers on Thursday stressed that the issue of brain drain should be taken seriously since it was not just an issue of people shifting, but actually a flight of technically skilled and intellectual human resource.

In a statement issued here, LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Senior Vice President Almas Hyder and Vice President Nasir Saeed noted that confronting the challenge of brain drain was one of the biggest key to make the country economically stable.

They said that it should be a matter of concern that migration rate of skilled manpower increased by more than 60 percent since 1990, and the situation is worsening by the day.

They added that a developing country like Pakistan could not afford to continuously lose skilled manpower that can turn the economy around.

They said the government should tackle those issues on priority which were forcing skilled people to migrate to other destinations.

They opined that lack of justice and resources, unemployment and growing population were some of the main reasons giving rise to brain drain in Pakistan.

They said that financial worries, political instability, bad health & education facilities and lack of higher educational centers are giving rise to the brain drain in Pakistan.

They said that according to some surveys, more than two third of country’s youth wanted to go abroad for work while at least 50 percent of them had no desire to return to the motherland.

They said that this trend meant that Pakistan was losing more and more of its skilled human capital at present than ever before.

The LCCI office-bearers suggested that to stop brain drain, the government should provide people better job opportunities.

“People should be promoted on merit alone, highly qualified people should be provided attractive salaries on the basis of their experience,” they said, and added, “The government should also improve the standards of universities and bring them at par with those in Europe and America.”

They said that the students should be provided adequate research facilities and the quota system should be abolished at once, if not done till now.

The LCCI office-bearers said the government should also initiate some effective programmes to combat the issue of brain drain in Pakistan.