Role of tech skills high­lighted

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

Staff Re­porter KARACHI: Ex­perts and lead­ers from the cor­po­rate sec­tor un­der­lined the im­por­tance of tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (TVET) and urged for per­ma­nent and mean­ing­ful link­ages of pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor for the pro­duc­tion of a skilled work­force in line with the mar­ket needs.

This was a clear mes­sage com­ing from the na­tional con­fer­ence en­ti­tled "Sus­tain­abil­ity Ex­change Con­fer­ence".

The con­fer­ence was or­ga­nized by the Engro Foun­da­tion with the sup­port of TVET Re­form Sup­port Pro­gramme, which is funded by the Euro­pean Union, the Em­bassy of the King­dom of the Nether­lands, the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many and the Royal Nor­we­gian Em­bassy,and com­mis­sioned by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (BMZ). The DeutscheGe­sellschaft für I n t e r n a t i o n a l e Zusam­me­nar­beit (GIZ) GmbH is im­ple­ment­ing this pro­gramme in closec­ol­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Vo­ca­tional and Tech­ni­cal Train­ing Com­mis­sion (NAVTTC).

The main ob­jec­tive of the con­fer­ence was to pro­motea pro­found di­a­logue be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the TVET re­form, with the ob­jec­tive to im­prove liveli­hoods through rel­e­vant skills train­ing, job cre­ation and sus­tain­able in­vest­ment.

M r . L a r s h - G u n a r Wiger­mark, the Am­bas­sador of Euro­pean Union, Mr. Mar­cel de Vink, the Am­bas­sador of the King­dom of the Nether­lands, Dr. Cyrill Nunn, the Am­bas­sador of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many and Mr. Leif Hol­ger Larsen, the Am­bas­sador of Nor­way were the guests of hon­our on the oc­ca­sion.

Speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, Ali­ud­din An­sari - CEO and Pres­i­dent, Engro Cor­po­ra­tion- said, "Engro be­lieves that as a leading cor­po­rate en­tity we have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to bring to light key is­sues that im­pact our econ­omy and the com­mu­nity as a whole.

The Sus­tain­abil­ity Ex­change 2014 is an at­tempt to high­light the is­sue of skills de­vel­op­ment and tech­ni­cal train­ing of our youth that is cur­rently es­ti­mated to be 42 mil­lion. By 2050, this youth pop­u­la­tion is set to in­crease to 350 mil­lion. There­fore, it is im­per­a­tive that as busi­ness lead­ers we take the own­er­ship to de­vise the right strate­gies and in­vest in de­ploy­ing in­clu­sive busi­nesses that can pro­vide so­cio-eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to this large chunk of our pop­u­la­tion"', he said. The con­fer­ence fur­ther high­lighted the role of the cor­po­rate sec­tor in em­ploy­ing poli­cies that can ef­fec­tively help Pak­istan reap ben­e­fits of the youth div­i­dend specif­i­cally with re­gards to the on­go­ing TVET re­form.

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