KARACHI (APP) - Pakistan has exported 270,000 workforce last year and this year over 430,000 workers are expected to be exported to various countries around the world. This was stated by the Federal Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Ali Shah while speaking at National HR Conference, organised by Employers Federation of Pakistan (EFP) in collaboration with ILO here Wednesday. He said that Pakistan was exploring new avenues for manpower export to countries like Libya, Oman and Qatar despite the global crunch. The minister invited suggestions from EFP to incorporate in the draft IRO 2010 which will be tabled in the Parliament by April 30, 2010. The minister pointed out that more than 55 million persons were employed in labour work of various types in the country. Of which, industrial labour was estimated at 7m, he added. He expressed his disappointment that only 2 million out of total industrial workers were registered in the country, leaving a huge quantity of unregistered workers at 5 million. He said the government was working on a plan to meet the academic expenses of workers children who are willing to go abroad for higher education. Khursheed Shah said that the government was also working on a plan to provide financial assistance to workers for the marriages of their daughters. Similarly, government was constructing 80,000 housing units for workers in the country besides constructing a medical college for the children of workers. Later on, the minister gave away HR excellence awards in various categories. GlaxoSmithKline received the first award, Atlas Honda second in category A (MNCs). In category B, EPLA Laboratories Ltd received first award while Agriautos (Pvt) Ltd get second. Earlier, president EFP Haji Mohammad Javed, in his welcome address said that Employers Federation has taken step forward in assisting its members in general and to develop leadership in human resource managers in particular. He said EFP was fully conscious about the challenges being faced by HR management at enterprise level and the Federation has set up a workers employers bilateral council of Pakistan to improve competitiveness and productivity in the industrial sector. Sindh Labour Minister Amir Nawab, IBA director Dr Ishrat Hussain, and chairman Pakistan Workers Federation Mohammad Ahmed and director HR Johnson & Johnson Tariq Saeed also spoke on the occasion.