LAHORE, Oct 10 (APP): The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has arranged a training for trainers to implement a self employment scheme designed in collaboration with the UNDP.

The training program was attended by Engr MA Jabbar Khan, Member Board of Directors of SMEDA as chief guest here on Monday.

Khan, while addressing inaugural ceremony of the program, said that more than 31 per cent of Pakistan’s population consisted of youth, a large portion up to 32% of which is uneducated with little or no technical vocational skills.

He termed United Nations Development Program’s Youth Employment Project a positive response to this challenge.

It is a three year project, supported by the US Agency for
International Development (USAID), he said adding that the project aims to train 13,360 young boys and girls from targeted areas for self employment by Dec 2017.

He hoped that the project would enable unemployed youth with limited opportunities to transform their ideas into small business projects.

Mukesh Kumar, provincial chief SMEDA Sindh, while addressing on the occasion, said that SMEDA would not only provide business training but also give all out support to the youth in establishing their own small businesses.

He said: “SMEDA is committed to promoting youth entrepreneurship in Pakistan and has successfully implemented many youth entrepreneurship programs in Pakistan.”