PM holds con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing to re­view se­cu­rity

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Tues­day held a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing with se­nior po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship to re­view the over­all situation in the coun­try.

The meet­ing was at­tended by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ch. Nisar, Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Per­vaiz Rashid, Finance Min­is­ter Ishaq Dar, Railways Min­is­ter Kh­waja Saad Rafiq, Min­is­ter for States and Fron­tier General Ab­dul Qadir Baloch, Sen­a­tor Mushahidul­lah, and PM's ad­vi­sors Dr Asif Kir­mani and Ir­fan Sid­diqi. Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif has ex­pressed the de­sire that the Min­istry of Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­fes­sional Train­ing should im­me­di­ately con­sider the fea­si­bil­ity of set­ting up a Na­tional Skills Univer­sity in Islamabad.

The ini­tia­tive should be taken to ad­dress the short­age of skilled hu­man re­source at all lev­els. Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment avail­able with APP, un­der the um­brella of Na­tional Skills Univer­sity, skills devel­op­ment cen­ters in ma­jor in­dus­trial clus­ters like Karachi, Hy­der­abad, Quetta, Gwadar, Mul­tan, Pe­shawar, Kohat, La­hore, Gu­jran­wala, Sialkot, Faisalabad and other de­vel­op­ing in­dus­trial zones could be set up sub­se­quently or si­mul­ta­ne­ously. For de­ter­min­ing the ar­eas of skill devel­op­ment, a broad and com­pre­hen­sive ex­er­cise should be un­der­taken with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FPCCI) and or­ga­ni­za­tions of all the ma­jor ex­port sec­tors, the doc­u­ment said.

The Prime Min­is­ter ob­served that devel­op­ment of skilled hu­man re­source was pre­req­ui­site for tran­si­tion of mid­dle in­come econ­omy into high in­come group with eq­ui­table re­source distri­bu­tion as an in­her­ent out­put.

He fur­ther ob­served that the qual­ity of skill devel­op­ment was also a ma­jor lim­i­ta­tion which was af­fect­ing the com­pet­i­tive­ness of Pak­istan's ex­port in­dus­try.

It was, there­fore, im­per­a­tive that a well-co­or­di­nated ex­er­cise should be un­der­taken for skill devel­op­ment of work­ers of all cat­e­gories and ca­pac­i­ties across the coun­try, he added.

The job mar­ket in Pak­istan re­peat­edly faces short­age of skilled hu­man re­source at var­i­ous lev­els for which a num­ber of at­tempts have been made by the gov­ern­ment and var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions to bridge the gap. How­ever, it re­mains a fact that avail­abil­ity of prop­erly trained skilled work­ers in most of the devel­op­ment sec­tors is a ma­jor chal­lenge.

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