Gems, Jew­ellery can gen­er­ate thou­sands of jobs: Ma­sooma

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Thou­sands of news jobs could be gen­er­ated by pro­mot­ing busi­ness, vo­ca­tional and de­sign­ing train­ing per­tain­ing to pre­cious gems and jew­ellery which would help in re­solv­ing un­em­ploy­ment is­sue in the coun­try in­clud­ing Balochis­tan prov­ince.

This was said by Mem­ber Balochis­tan As­sem­bly, Ma­sooma Hayat, Prin­ci­pal Gems and Jew­ellery Train­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­tre Quetta, Bashir Agha and other speak­ers at NAVTCC Com­pe­ti­tion 2016 held un­der Prime Min­is­ter Youth Skills and De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme at Gems and Jew­ellery Train­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­tre Quetta, here on Wed­nes­day. Ma­sooma said that Balochis­tan is rich in nat­u­ral re­sources which could help in boost­ing na­tional econ­omy.

"Balochis­tan hav­ing mines and min­er­als worth bil­lions of dol­lars can re­solve all fi­nan­cial chal­lenges faced by the coun­try be­sides pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to all job­less youth of the prov­ince," she said. She urged on non-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions to ex­tend their co­op­er­a­tion to­wards Gems and Jew­ellery Train­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­tre Quetta to pro­vide tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional train­ing to max­i­mum num­ber of youth.

Bashir Agha said that re­serves of pre­cious stones had ended in sev­eral coun­tries while Balochis­tan still has wide­spread re­serves of pre­cious stones worth bil­lions of dol­lars in in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

He said that mil­lions of girls were given jew­ellery de­sign­ing education in In­dia, Thai­land, China, Korea, other coun­tries and their de­signed jew­ellery were be­ing sold out in mar­kets in Europe, Amer­ica and Canada. He said that a large num­ber of Pak­istani women could be em­pow­ered fi­nan­cially if they are given jew­ellery de­sign­ing education.

"There is a high scope for busi­ness per­tain­ing to gems and jew­ellery in in­ter­na­tional mar­ket and we can get ben­e­fit from it by pro­vid­ing train­ing to girls," he said. Di­rec­tor NAVTTC Is­lam­abad, Riaz Ahmed Hu­ral, DG NAVTTC Balochis­tan, Shahid Bi­lal, Man­ager Asif Jamal­dini and Man­ager SMEDA, Shakoor Ahmed said that NAVTTC and SMEDA have been ar­rang­ing vo­ca­tional and tech­ni­cal train­ing to youth at over 45 dif­fer­ent in­sti­tutes across the coun­try.

They said that 6,000 more youth would also be given train­ing un­der Prime Min­is­ter Youth Skills and De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme. Gems and Jew­ellery Train­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­tre Quetta's Lab­o­ra­tory in­charge, Fa­reen Agha, Ah­madul­lah Agha, Muham­mad Arif, Haji Bashir, Haji Ibrahim, Ishaq Khan and oth­ers were present.

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