PESHAWAR, Mar 26 (APP):German Ambassador, Martin Kobler has urged on the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to focus on hospitality sector to attract foreign tourists.
Addressing the annual meeting of TVET advisory forum, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa here Tuesday, the German envoy said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the largest Museum of Gandhara civilization, but most of the people are unaware of it. He said that the attraction of foreign tourists to Pakistan will take some time.
Others who addressed were included Advisor to KP CM on Industries, Abdul Karim Khan, Managing Director (MD), TEVTA, Syed Sajjad Ali Shah and Special Secretary Industries, Roohullah Jan. A large number of stakeholders from both public and private sector attended the forum.
On this occasion, MD TEVTA, KP gave a detailed presentation on the programme and targets of the authority to the participants.
The German ambassador said that Pakistan is working on the promotion of skill development since last ten years and TVET Programme is part of those efforts. He said that quality training and market driven skills are the two important pillars of the programme to compete in international market.
He further said that out of the 210 million population of Pakistan, 66 per cent is comprised of youth whereas three to four million youth are entering the job market annually. He appreciated the priority agenda of education, health, good governance and climate change of the PTI government.
He said that the inclusion of women in all sectors is inevitable for development, saying keeping 50 percent population out of development is not good and stressed for including women to get them out of poverty. In this regard, he especially asked NAVTTC and TEVTA to include women in their skill development programmes to turned Pakistan into a developed and prosperous state.
In his speech, Chairman, National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Syed Javed Hassan announced imparting technical skills to two million youth to meet the demand of local and foreign market. He said that is facing severe shortage of skilled workers and is far behind of even of her neighbouring countries.
The chairman, NAVTTC said that they are making efforts for increasing the capacity and quality of technical skills to bring it at par with international standard. In this connection, he said they are working closely with GIZ, European Union (EU) and Norway. In this connection, he said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is playing leading role.